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George Hale’s Prediction: Roger Clemens 

THE WORD CAME DOWN YESTERDAY AFTERNOON:ROGER CLEMENS HAS BEEN INDICTED FOR ALLEGEDLY LYING TOCONGRESS ABOUT STERIOD USE.IT WAS NOT THE MOST SURPRISING NEWS SINCE IT HAD BEEN RUMOREDALL WEEK.PERHAPS THE STORY SHOULD HAVE READ: BASEBALL IS INDICTED FORLYING TO CONGRESS ABOUT SUBSTANCE ABUSE.FOR BASEBALL OWNERS AND A NUMBER OF PLAYERS KNEW FORA VERY LONG TIME WHAT WAS GOING ON.BUT, SADLY, IT WAS THE TALENTED CLEMENS, WINNER OF MANY CY YOUNG AWARDS, WHO WANTED THIS FIGHT.AND HE GOT IT IN SPADES.THE GOVERNMENT THREW A SCREAMING FASTBALL AT THE FORMERSTAR AND DARED HIM TO SWING AT IT.BARY BONDS FINALLY CAN RELAX IF JUST A LITTLE.CLEMENS IN NOW THE NUMBER ONE POSTER BOY FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSEIN BASEBALL.IN A WAY, THIS SAD STORY IS ONE THAT CLEMENS INFLICTED ON HIMSELF.CLEMENS DESERVES LITTLE SYMPATHY IN ALL OF THIS.HE WAS NEVER UNDER A SUBPOENA TO APPEAR. CLEMENS VOLUNTARILY APPEARED AND SAID HE WANTED TOCLEAR HIS NAME.THE QUOTE THAT GOT HIM INTO SO MUCH TROUBLE WAS :”I’VE BEEN ACCUSED OF SOMEETHING I’M NOT GUILTY OF. I HAVENEVER TAKEN STERIODS OR HGH.”PROBLEM IS THAT SOME OTHER PEOPLE HAS TESTIMONY TOO.HIS FORMER TRAINER BRIAN MCNAMEE SAID THAT HE INJECTEDTHE ROCKET WITH BOTH STERIODS AND HUMAN GROWTH HORMONESMORE THAN A DOZEN TIMES.AND MORE DAMNING WAS THE TESTIMONY OF HIS FORMER TEAMMATEANDY PETTITE WHO ADMITTED USING AND SAID MCNAMEE WAS TELLINGTHE TRUTH ABOUT CLEMENS..AND THE GENIE WAS OUT OF THE BOTTLE.THERE WAS MORE THAN THE DIRTY DOZEN IN BASEBALL.MARK MCGWIRE, BARRY BONDS,, SAMMY SOSA AND ALEX RODRIGUEZAND ON AND ON.BUT IT WAS ROCKET ROGER WHO WANTED TO FIGHT.IT WAS CLEMENS, ALL DRESSED UP IN A SUIT AND TIE, THAT WANTEDA PLACE AT THE TABLE.HE LOOKED CONGRESS IN THE EYE AND THREW ONE OF HIS FAMOUSFASTBALLS AND DARED THEM TO HIT IT OUT OF THE PARK.THIS STORY IS SICK AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN.HERE IS A GUY WHO WON 354 GAMES, STRUCK OUT 4,672 BATTERS AND WON THE CY YOUNG AWARD A RECORD SEVEN TIMES.WITHOUT ALL OF THIS GOING DOWN HE WAS HEADING TO THE HALL OFFAME ON THE FIRST BALLOT.AND NOW HE FACES A JAIL TERM.ATHLETES ARE IN SOME WAYS STRANGE CREATURES.THE ONES WHO ARE GIFTED ARE OFTEN GIVEN PRIVILEDGES THATORDINARY CITIZENS NEVER SEE.HE WAS A WORK-A-HOLIC AS A BASEBALL PLAYER WHO KEPT HIS BODYIN SHAPE AND THEN ALLEDGELY ADDED SOME CHEMICALS TO THE MIX.HE LOOKS INTO THE MIRROR AND SEES A BIG “S” ON HIS CHEST.CLEMENS LOVES HARDBALL AND HE CHOSE TO PLAY IT.THIS LATEST SAD CHAPTER IN THE LIFE OF A LEGEND CONCLUDES AS A SUPER STAR PITCHER WITH NO OUT PITCH.ROGER ‘THE ROCKET’ CLEMENS SIMPLY HAS NO HEAT LEFT TO THROW.THIS IS GEORGE HALE WITH MY PERSPECTIVE ON SPORTS