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…. Two things

First, I had an epic, world-class dinner the other night in Westchester. I’m home visiting my family, and went out Saturday night to a place called Flames, a very highly-rated steakhouse in Briarcliff, NY. I just wanted to throw a shout-out to the whole crew at the restaurant. Owners Nick and Valentina were simply terrific, made me feel like I was a regular, even though it was my first time. The staff was attentive and informal, the food was flat-out perfect, especially the bone-in filet mignon I had as my entree.

I rarely mention my restaurant jaunts here, but this dinner was special, and my waiter, who happens to be a web/computer tech guy, deserved the limelight. Hats off, Dardan.

On to baseball….

Has Roger Clemens put his foot in his mouth? His stance, that McNamee lied, seems to have left him with no outs, other than to be telling the truth. He’s all-in, and he better have the best hand. If he doesn’t, he’ll be the next guy to be indicted.

…. now Clemens isn’t just saying McNamee lied when he said he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone. He is saying something much more serious than that. He is really saying that the federal government, whose agents heard McNamee’s story about Clemens and steroids the same as Sen. George Mitchell did when compiling his report for Major League Baseball, was selectively targeting Roger Clemens.

“[Clemens] is accusing the government of pressuring McNamee to pin the tail on the Clemens donkey,” Emery (McNamee’s lawyer) says. “And that did not happen. Earl was in the room with the government and the opposite of what Clemens is saying is what happened. They didn’t have Clemens as a target. They had steroid use as a target. It came as a surprise to them. McNamee reluctantly gave them Clemens because he had to tell the truth to stay out of jail, not lie.”

…. “He has put himself in a legal buzzsaw, and I have no idea why, even if he is innocent. I am shocked that his lawyer would allow him to take this position. I would never allow a client of mine to behave this way.”

That last quote is an interesting one. It’s interesting because I’d love to know how Lupica and the rest of his buddies at the News would have handled the Clemens situation if his lawyer had told him to say nothing, do nothing, and let them take the correct legal recourse. If Clemens would have covered up and gone all lawyer, where would he be now? How would this play out in the MSM?

But, this is how it is in the court of public opinion, right? You have talking heads on ESPN demanding the truth, not believing it, demanding more truth, questioning motives, and declaring that they have the pulse of the millions of baseball fans around the world that they, apparently think they represent. Clemens didn’t deny it fast enough. He didn’t deny it the right way, with enough humility, or clarity, or with his wife standing by his side. He should have lawyered up, he failed to figure out the right way to speak, he looks like he’s lying….

Now we have Lupica, being read by millions, watching the Clemens 60 Minutes interview with McNamee’s lawyer, so that everyone can know that McNamee’s lawyer thinks his client is right and Clemens is not. Really? That’s what we needed to know, that McNamee’s lawyer is ready to defend his client? Wow. That’s an interesting angle. Never would have thought that.

You think Clemens’ lawyer maybe thinks the exact opposite? Maybe?


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