Clemens declines comment on steroid issues in MLB

Clemens declines comment on steroid issues in MLB
July 30, 2013, 9:30 pm
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BOSTON – Roger Clemens was back at Fenway Park Tuesday night to mark the 25th anniversary since ‘Morgan’s Magic,’ the Red Sox team that came from nine back at the All-Star break to win 12 in a row, and 19 of 20 after the break, when Joe Morgan was appointed manager, to capture the American League East title.
 
Clemens and Morgan were joined on the field for a pregame ceremony by former teammates Mike Smithson, Tom Bolton, Lee Smith, Dwight Evans, Oil Can Boyd, and Spike Owen.
 
That team was swept by the A’s in the ALCS, but the excitement it generated that July was still obvious 25 years later.
 
“I remember racking up the wins as far as the team goes,” Clemens said. “And then it became, when everybody started writing about and talking about it, we realized that we were approaching a record for home wins, consecutive home wins, stuff like that.
 
“When you have  a manager change in the middle of a season, I think it lit a fire under all of us because as a player you feel responsible when you lose a manager on how you’re performing. So I think it sparked us all to play better and pay attention to detail.”
 
But for details on more recent events, Clemens preferred not to comment. Asked his thoughts on how baseball is handling the Biogenesis investigation, Clemens replied:
 
“Well, I got my own feelings about particular people in MLB, you know, how they approached my situation without learning facts. But I can’t comment on that because, after talking with one of our cameramen downstairs, I don’t know about it. So I’m extremely busy. I’m not too worried about it either way to tell you the truth. And I’m sure they’ll handle it the way they see fit.
 
“But just a lot of people making comments off the cuff, that just don’t know the facts. And I know I’d never do that anyway, how hurtful it was over the period of time with us. So we had to get in a fair setting and do it our way, and stop all the ‘he said, she said,’ and ‘oh, maybe this,’ and ‘maybe that,’ and speculation this. So I would never comment because I don’t know. I don’t know what’s going on.”
 
Asked his thoughts on how Alex Rodriguez, his former teammate with the Yankees, was being treated in the on-going investigation, Clemens replied:
 
“Again, when A-Rod was my teammate in New York, I was glad he was my teammate. I did everything to make him feel comfortable when he was our teammate. But I did that for all my teammates. Ask anybody I played for here or any of the four clubs I played for. I think I was a pretty solid teammate, trying to go out there and not only win for them but back them when I had to on the field.”
 
Clemens, who retired after the 2007 season, would have been eligible for the Hall of Fame this year. Instead, for just the second time in the last 42 years baseball writers failed to elect anyone, an indictment of the steroids era, of which Clemens, along with other first-year eligibles Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa loom as examples.
 
“I made comments on that, too,” Clemens said. “I think my comments were pretty clear and that’s how I feel about it. It’s not going to change me as a person, as a man, how I go about my life, how I treat other people. Whatever floats your boat. Go for it.”