Cuban Revolution (cont?)
Roger, over and out?
Here's my suggestion to Roger Clemens: Please, stop the denials. No one's believing them, except maybe your hometown paper. And while you're at it, call a halt to that ridiculous lawsuit against trainer Brian McNamee for defamation. Who's next on his hit list? The newspapers who uncover more Clemens misdeeds?
The latest spin, from Clemens through his preferred Houston Chronicle, is that while he's admitted to making "mistakes,'' last week's report in the New York Daily News that he started his relationship with Mindy McCready when she was 15 is a "mistake.'' Clemens didn't say how old McCready was when the relationship began, though.
The Chronicle apparently was trying to bolster Clemens by saying the report came in a "tabloid'' rather than crediting the Daily News, and leaving the reader to wonder whether it could be The National Enquirer. But if so, they're on the wrong side of this.
Once again, Clemens suggested he never took performance-enhancing drugs. "I believe my personal life has nothing to do with the accusations of steroid and HGH use.''
I don't know too much about his relationship with McCready (though she confirmed it to the Daily News). But unlike Clemens, I do see a relationship between all these Clemens stories. They all involve lies on his part.
Perhaps this is why some teammates used to call Clemens "Eli.'' Which, of course, was short for "He lies.''
Around the Majors
Jim Leyland's struggling Tigers are still within three games in the competitive but underwhelming AL Central, but he's still thinking about more drastic changes. One more change that could be coming would be to move Gary Sheffield (.185) down in the order. Although Tigers insiders still think it would take a lot more for them to give up on Sheffield and call Barry Bonds. Leyland hasn't seemed as interested as one might imagine considering his stated affection for Bonds from their days with the Pirates.
The trade of talented Jason Grilli to the Rockies followed Leyland's frustration with a pitcher he had touted in spring training.
Carlos Guillen didn't complain about his move from first base to third (Miguel Cabrera went to first), but that's a tough switch for someone with knee problems.
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen seemed a tad jealous when he said, 'How about the Cubs celebrating that Lee Elia bull[bleep]? How many times do I curse people out?'' Guillen went on to say that he would make money out of all his well-known cursing, as well.
No surprise here that Josh Hamilton was Player of the Month for April after seeing him in spring. If he stays healthy, he's just getting started.
Winless Yankees rookie Ian Kennedy said upon being demoted to Triple-A, "In Scranton, I'm struggling, but here [in New York], the world is going to end.''
Max Scherzer, who's perfect so far in his career (13 batters, all retired), gets his first major league start tonight for the Diamondbacks.
Derrick Turnbow, only deposed as Brewers closer last year, certainly has been awful this year (15.63 ERA), but he might be a good pickup for someone after the Brewers designated him for assignment.
Baseball is the only sport that seems to stir interest in steroids. A Dallas-area man, David Jacobs, was sentenced to probation last week after admitting to supplying steroids to NFL players and nobody noticed. Meanwhile, baseball continues to get headlines for its steroid users.
Julio Franco, who retired this week, always said his goal was to play until he's 50. Who knows? Maybe he did. His listed age, though, is 49.
Pink bats on Mother's Day to enhance breast cancer awareness is a nice touch by baseball. I can't think of a better cause.