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The Pattern

fringe_apple.jpgSince last September, a new TV show from mastermind J.J. Abrams entitled “Fringe” has captivated many viewers with its pursuing of a string of strange crimes called “the Pattern”.  Well, when the Minnesota Twins have played the New York Yankees in the Bronx in recent years, another type of “Pattern” has emerged.  Get your checklist ready, because here it comes:

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#1: Joe Nathan (or any other Twins closer) blows a save and the Yankees win.  “Check” (Friday night)

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#2: Alex Rodriguez single-handedly wins a game (either in walk-off or just plain dominating fashion). “Check” (Saturday afternoon).

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#3: A member of the Twins’ bullpen (it really doesn’t matter which one) takes the long, slow walk back to the dugout while New York fans and players are celebrating. “Check” (Sunday afternoon).

Now, I have to give the Twins credit for battling in all three contests so far, and the pitchers aren’t worthy of all the blame due to the nonexistent clutch hitting, but those three things seem to happen nearly every time the Twins and Yanks hook up in NYC.

Oh, Hideki Matsui usually has big games against us as well, so perhaps he can be Monday’s hero?

Preview (18-20, 3rd, 3.0 GB DET): Glen Perkins (1-2, 4.27) vs. Andy Pettitte (3-1, 4.00).

Skirting The Truth

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With all the current controversy surrounding Alex Rodriguez’s leaked positive drug test from 2003, I just wanted to put in my two cents worth: I think he is still (while not outright lying) trying to cover up a large portion of his steroid involvement, or at least make it seem much more benign than it really was.  The only thing different with A-Rod is that, once he was caught, he opened himself up to a live press conference (more accessibility than guys like Mark McGwire or Rafael Palmeiro, for example).  He allowed himself to be put through the wringer and now hopes that his answers will prove satisfactory to warrant some forgiveness.  I, however, do not believe that he is portraying himself in the correct light based on two portions of his recent comments:

First, he has not (to this point, and likely ever) given what I would consider a decent explanation for why he continued to take steroids.  All he says is that he was “young, naive, and stupid”, but to me that is a cop-out.  You can’t tell me that when A-Rod saw his HR numbers surpassing 50 (in 2001 and 2002), up from his usual low-40s number, he didn’t realize it was because of the substances he was injecting into himself.  Sure, Rodriguez may say that his rookie year in Seattle and his 2007 Yankees campaign were his two greatest seasons in the major leagues, but that is strictly a matter of opinion.  I think that A-Rod knew EXACTLY what he was doing (taking steroids).

Also, we are all forgetting that MLB DID actually have a steroid “policy” in place before 2003.  Basically, the policy stated that all substances deemed illegal outside the game were also illegal within the game.  The steroid that A-Rod tested positive for, Primobolan, has never had an approved prescription use.  Also, by itself it is a rather weak steroid, so it is often used in conjunction with other products (such as HGH, perhaps, the other substance that A-Rod tested positive for in ’03…hmm).

Thus, there are two many loose ends and fishy coincidences here for me to completely believe A-Rod’s claims.  Plus, in 2007 (when under the steroid allegations of Jose Canseco) Rodriguez told Kate Couric point-blank that he never used steroids.  Either he was a great liar, then, or a complete idiot.  He wants us to believe that “idiot” line, but I lean towards the “liar”.

The “Rocket” Fizzles!

roger_clemens_liar.jpgBesides all the fallout of the Alex Rodriguez steroid admission, which I will discuss on this blog in more detail in a later post, it was also recently announced that a federal judge dismissed basically all of Roger Clemens’ “defamation of character” lawsuit against former personal trainer Brian McNamee, who said in last year’s Mitchell Report that he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone.

For once, I think the U.S. justice system got things right!!  McNamee was promised federal immunity for his contributions to George Mitchell, and that is exactly what he is getting right now.  So, in essence, Clemens isn’t able to screw him over for just telling the truth.

As you will likely find out by reading my upcoming blog posts about steroids in major league baseball, I am a huge proponent of holding everyone (players, managers, trainers, commissioner Selig, etc.) accountable for the Steroid Era of 1994-2003.  Thus, I think that Clemens is getting EXACTLY what he deserves.  Whereas most players (Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, Sammy Sosa, etc.) have completely disappeared following steroid accusations, Clemens (because he is a jerk…just ask Mike Piazza about that) decided to lie through his teeth and fight it tooth and nail.  So far, though, he’s not winning and I’m all for that.

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