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MLB cheaters can save their apologies

Chris Ruddick, MLB Editor

Chris Ruddick Logo Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - I am so sick of hearing about the Mitchell Report. I am sick of the apologies. I am sick of the non-apologies. I am just sick of it all.

None of these players are sorry they took a performance-enhancing drug. They are sorry they got caught. Every single one of them. Andy Pettitte, Brian Roberts, Fernando Vina, Gary Bennett can all shove their sorrys in a sack. I don't want to hear it.

Bennett should get his money back, by the way, for anything he took. Dude has never batted better than .265 in a season and the most home runs he has hit in a year is four. He'd be working at a local shopping mall if it had not been for steroids. He should be apologizing to those minor league catchers whose job he took.

Another thing we are finding out is that the majority of players only took performance-enhancers once or twice. Amazing, they just all happen to get caught after one or two times. Horrible luck I guess.

And, no matter what these players will have you believe, human growth hormone is just as bad as steroids. The defense is, "Well I took HGH, it's not like I took steroids," but the end result is the same - shooting something into your body to gain an advantage.

Andy Pettitte
Andy Pettitte said he only did it to help his team.
Pettitte, though, is the biggest phony of them all. Give me a break with his "heartfelt admission". He said he only did it to help his team, he wasn't trying to gain an edge. Please, he knew exactly what he was doing, and he knew it was wrong.

Maybe I give him too much credit, though. Maybe he didn't know it was wrong. Perhaps he is just a moron.

Last winter, Pettitte's name came up in the Jason Grimsley investigation. At that time, Pettitte said that it was an embarrassment that he was even linked with something like that.

Really, Andy? Did you forget about those HGH injections you took back in 2002 in order to get back to your team quicker?

And as far as his buddy Roger Clemens goes, let's just say that I don't think he will be sending Pettitte a Christmas card this year. Those two were joined at the hip, and the last thing Clemens' case needed was a Pettitte admission.

I don't get Clemens. Does he take us all for fools? I would like to meet the person that does not believe Clemens did steroids. I think I even saw his lawyer snickering when he had to read that statement last week. He should have been under suspicion all these years, right along with Barry Bonds. You don't post some of the best numbers of your career after you turn 40. I believe everything Brian McNamee told George Mitchell. Clemens is guilty. If he isn't, then testify before Congress. Put your money where your mouth is, Rocket.

With any luck, he will perjure himself and he and Bonds can share the same jail cell somewhere.

Clemens should have just laid low for five years and resurfaced some time around his Hall of Fame induction. Instead, he has chosen to go the other route and fight this until the bitter end. I suspect he will become a little less adamant about his innocence now that there is talk of him going to Washington, though.

And, why exactly do we have to hear Curt Schilling's thoughts on all this?

He says he is going to judge Clemens on 192 wins and his three Cy Young Awards. That is just dumb. Clemens wasn't retiring once he left Boston. Let's just say for argument's sake that he did not take steroids and pitched for another five years. He still probably would have racked up about 50 more wins.

So judge him all you want Curt, he still would have had more wins than you, and those three Cy Young Awards still put him in the Hall of Fame.

The best thing about Schilling is that in a couple of days he will probably say his words were misinterpreted, like he has every other time he has opened his fat mouth about something. I was hoping he would be in that report - it is always the guys who cry the loudest that have the most to hide.

By the way, anyone that doesn't think that Clemens and Bonds are going to the Hall of Fame is clueless. Why even have one if those two are not there? Whether steroids are mentioned on their plaques, addressed in some other fashion, or ignored altogether, Clemens and Bonds are getting in.

How many times do I have to make this point? They were Hall of Famers before they ever put anything into their bodies. They were the best when nobody was using, and they were the best when everyone was using. People like to draw a parallel to Mark McGwire, who is unlikely to get into the Hall. But McGwire was a one-trick pony. All he did was hit home runs, and a big reason for that was steroids.

Hopefully this is the last time I have to talk about this. I am tired of it. Maybe we will have a little less talk about steroids and HGH in 2008.

I doubt it, though.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Chris Ruddick at cruddick@sportsnetwork.com.


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