Clemens' embarrassing antics, the key to Texas' emergence and more
My favorite part of the
My second favorite part was when he said he was going to be the same "outgoing" person he's always been. Funny, I missed that side of him. In my experiences covering Clemens over the years, he was intense, dark, snobby, aloof and intimidating, but rarely outgoing. The only times he seemed to really get excited was when another person of close or equal fame was around.
He loved the rich and famous, like himself. As for others, well, they were just bit players in the play in which he starred. So it isn't surprising he's suing his former trainer,
Clemens also repeated the claim that McNamee never gave him steroids or HGH, calling the hosts "Greeny" and "Goli" (
I texted McNamee as to whether he'd like to respond to Clemens' latest claims, which were timed to counter the release of the
I will never understand Clemens' "strategy" of denial on
But now he is helping no one with these lies, least of all himself. While the feds haven't made their move on him yet, I firmly believe -- and many baseball people believe -- he has more chance to wind up in jail than
Sources say Clemens is being pursued even harder by the feds at this point. Sources say the feds are taking their time and making sure they get their man. Taking steroids may be a silly reason to go to jail, but I don't feel sorry for Clemens, whose ego is as big as all of Texas. As hard as it is to fathom, I am starting to feel sorry for Bonds.
Bonds didn't drag his wife into it like Clemens did. Bonds didn't drag his buddy's father (
Two summers ago Rangers GM
So far, so good.
The haul Daniels received from the Braves looked impressive then, and it looks even better today, with the Rangers the surprise American League West leaders at 18-14. The four main players Daniels received for Teixeira all look like they'll be fit somewhere between strong contributor and star. Left-hander
"It's really early, but we're happy with it," Daniels said.
Just like he was as a free agent last winter, Teixeira was a hot commodity in the summer of 2007. (He wasn't nearly as coveted as a trade target last summer, as he was in his walk year, and the best the Braves could do was
The Red Sox and D-backs (who offered some of the same prospects that went later for
Andrus is a prototypical shortstop who's a terrific baserunner and gives the power-hitting Rangers a different look. "I couldn't be happier with the early returns," Daniels said about Andrus.
The early returns on Saltalamacchia's defense last year were not good. His blocking and legwork were amateurish, and that's being kind. But he's become very usable behind the plate, and is no longer just an offensive player (he's hitting .261 with three homers and 14 RBIs). "The improvement in his defense is among the most encouraging things I've seen this year," Daniels said.
Harrison (3-2, 4.79) is the big durable left-hander they sought. He has thrown 15 scoreless innings over his last two starts, including a 6-0 shutout of the White Sox in his most recent effort. And Feliz could join left-handed phenom
Daniels has taken hits for a couple previous trades (
In any case, it's better to confine this sort of on-field celebration to something worth celebrating. A strikeout or two certainly doesn't qualify.
• The Dodgers already don't look the same without
• Dodgers owner
• It took Ramirez three days to apologize to McCourt, and it appears his embarrassment is such that he is reticent to talk to his team (though the
• Diamondbacks manager
• A couple D-backs executives were batting around possible replacements several days ago -- Red Sox pitching coach
• Who slipped more quickly in power and production,
• Marlins prospect
• The Mets look nervous whenever
• My twitter goal is to catch