Posted: Tuesday October 3, 2006 11:50AM; Updated: Tuesday October 3, 2006 8:37PM
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In any case, the feds couldn't possibly view him as any sort of reliable witness. While Grimsley was making some progress to clean up his act (according to people close to him, he and wife Dana began to attend religious retreats after the trauma of seeing a plane crash into their Kansas City area home in January 2005 and having bodies strewn about their lawn), he obviously had his moments of backsliding.
Ex-teammates say he was a hard partier as a Yankee, and one player on the 1999 club said he recalls Grimsley and another player shooting each other up (no one who's allegedly named in the affidavit) with HGH and testosterone on several occasions in the bathroom and laundry area adjacent to the hallowed Yankees clubhouse. That ex-teammate said Grimsley stored his performance-enhancing drugs in his clubhouse cubbyhole so his wife wouldn't see them.
And while we can't be sure what investigators have in mind, there is no evidence of any ongoing investigation involving Grimsley and the players mentioned, and the proof against those Grimsley allegedly named appears so thin that lawyers not involved in this case are speculating that the leaking of Clemens and other big names is the desperate act of an agent or investigator who fears he or she has reached a dead end. Even if federal agents try to use Grimsley's testimony, its value may be extremely limited considering his own admitted drug use and his reputation in baseball circles, especially in New York as a late-night partier.
For the record, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he was shocked when Grimsley's name came out, shocked again when Grimsley allegedly named Clemens and Pettitte and just as shocked to hear what was alleged to have occurred in the clubhouse bathroom. But while this all adds up to a salacious story, that's all it is. There is no evidence of a compelling case against anyone except the obscure and unreliable relief pitcher.