This Puts It To Bed For Me

I believe him. Period.

Statement of Andy Pettitte issued through Randy Hendricks

"First, I would like to say that contrary to media reports, I
have never used steroids. I have no idea
why the media would say that I have used steroids, but they  have done so repeatedly. This is hurtful to me
and my family.

In 2002 I was injured. I had heard that human growth hormone could promote faster healing for
my elbow. I felt an obligation to get
back to my team as soon as possible. For
this reason, and only this reason, for two days I tried human growth hormone. Though
it was not against baseball rules, I was not comfortable with what I was doing,
so I stopped. This is it – two days out
of my life; two days out of my entire career, when I was injured and on the
disabled list.

If what I did was an error in judgment on my part, I
apologize. I accept responsibility for
those two days. Everything else written
or said about me knowingly using illegal drugs is nonsense, wrong and hurtful. I have the utmost respect for baseball and
have always tried to live my life in a way that would be honorable. I wasn’t looking for an edge; I was looking
to heal.

If I have let down people that care about me, I am sorry,
but I hope that you will listen to me carefully and understand that two days of
perhaps bad judgment should not ruin a lifetime of hard work and dedication. I have tried to do things the right way my
entire life, and, again, ask that you put those two days in the proper
context. People that know me will know
that what I say is true."

I will continue to believe Andy Pettitte’s words over any soiled characters with seedy, damaged and criminal reputations who want to take as many people down with them as possible. PROVE IT.

To me, the whole issue is dead. The report is incomplete, hearsay and not necessarily true in many of its’ so-called "revelations". I choose to take good men at the value of their own good word.

Andy Pettitte is a good man. One of the best.

I’m just ready to get back to some REAL baseball news.



Lots of seedy allegations…


I heard from a guy that used to drink heavily at a Washington, DC bar, that Senator George Mitchell would come in regularly with Senators Chris Dodd, John Kerry and Ted Kennedy and get drunk as a skunks and then drive home.

WHAT A TERRIBLE ALLEGATION! How COULD those Senators do such a thing?

Of course, they DENY that it ever happened…

Is this allegation plausible?

Sure, why not?

After all, it IS a bunch of politicians… they make their living telling lies to the American public…

There’s just one little thing that keeps on getting in the way…


The List

Sometimes I hate it when I’m right!

This is one time when I really didn’t want to be right. Click here for "The List".

Is it just me, or is Mo Vaughn the only Red Sox player (sans Brendan Donnelly) on the list?

Something stinks up there in Beantown, and this time it’s not just the Red Sox.

Jeannie and I were at our favorite Mexican restaurant for about an hour at lunch, and the ESPNation mentioned Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Barry Bonds and Miguel Tejada.

Just those 4 players…

For an hour straight…

The "Mitchell" scroll tab at the bottom of the TV screen reported Clemens and Pettitte ONLY. Over and over and over and over and over.

No mention of any other players, other than Jason Giambi.

Just the Yankee players.

And we’re to believe that this report isn’t biased?


And Another Thing…

I hope that I’m wrong on this one, but I’m getting THAT feeling…

You know, the feeling that you get when you realize that you’ve been set up; when you realize that the joke’s on you. When you suddenly realize that everyone else IS laughing AT you.

George Mitchell is on the Board of Directors for the Boston Red Sox.

How many Red Sox players will be implicated? Already, Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte have been implicated by the ESPNation Leaking Scandal Machine. We ALL knew about Jason Giambi.

Will the former US Senator Mitchell be fair and honest about EVERYONE, or will he be the home-team Democratic Washington Partisan that he has been in the past?

This whole "report" is beginning to have a strange odor about it to me. I really, really hope I’m wrong.

I guess we’ll see in a couple of hours…

Here It Comes…

The so-called Mitchell Report is scheduled to be released today at 2 p.m. Eastern today.

Names are going to be named.

Fans are going to be mad.

One name that probably won’t be on the list is Bud Selig’s.

Still, the eight-hundred pound steroid-gorilla that the MLB brass has tried to hide in its’ closet has taken a big dump all over baseball.

Today, it all rolls down hill…

Another Piece Of The Puzzle

The Yankees have reached a deal with right-hander LaTroy Hawkins.

He should fill the role that Luis Vizcaino sputtered in last season. The deal is for 1 year, $3.75 million.

Signings like Hawkins and Jose Molina may not garner the big, juicy headlines, but watch for these two veterans to be key players on the 2008 Yankee ball club.

Keeping the young guys while adding veteran pieces… in a way, it kind of feels like 1996 all over again…


Trading Godzilla Would Be A Monumentally STUPID Move

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Why would you trade a guy who’s been productive for his entire career in The Pinstripes?

Especially for two middle-of-the-road players? One of whom is at the end of his career?

For a National League pitcher? We ALL know how well Senior Circuit pitchers do in the American League when they actually have to face nine hitters through a line-up! The results aren’t normally very pretty.

With the Yankees suddenly YOUNG pitching staff, it would benefit the Yankees to keep a perennial 100 RBI man.

The Yankees should keep Hideki Matsui, and stop being stupid.


Moose Gets His Mouse

Last night, Moose toed the tile, locked in to his target.

His keen eyes were focused entirely on his next victim; it was as if there was no one else around. He eyed the darting movements of his quarry, as he stretched his somewhat cumbersome frame into a crouch; waiting to pounce.

Suddenly, Mickey Mouse blinked; unable to maintain his quiet composure, he darted into the open, trying to evade the silent stare of Moose. The sprint would prove to be his last.

The house was filled with a deathly silence. From the clenching feline jaws of the Moose, the mouse dangled; lifeless. The Moose had done his duty; he had protected his family from the terrible scourge and infestation of the mouse-kind.

We are very thankful for our three cats: Moose (Mussina), Bernie (Williams) and (Oscar) Gamble. Along with our three pooches (Piniella, Scooter and Maris), they keep us safe in our beds at night.

Our house is now a "mouse-free zone" once more.

Everybody have a GREAT day!