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There is probably no doubt anywhere that Roger Clemens used steroids. As he continues his legal wrangling with his former trainer, Brian McNamee, the Yankees want none of it. However, McNamee has plans to include the Yankees.

According to a story by Nathaniel Vinton in the Daily News, in a brief filed on Friday, McNamee has named a handful of current Yankees as potential witnesses in Clemens’ defamation suit against McNamee.

The Yankees have never relished the destructive defamation suit former pinstripe hero Roger Clemens brought two years ago against his accuser, former Yankee trainer Brian McNamee, but bigger headaches for the club may yet lie ahead according to a new appeals-court brief issued by McNamee’s defense attorneys.

A footnote deep in the 60-page brief lists current Yankee stars Andy Pettitte,Mariano Rivera, and Derek Jeter as witnesses McNamee might call to the stand for sworn testimony about Clemens’ purported use of steroids and human growth hormone. Also listed among potential witnesses for McNamee is Angela Moyer, an alleged mistress of Clemens who tended bar near the Upper East Side apartment where McNamee said he visited Clemens after Yankee games to inject the pitcher with steroids and human growth hormone (Clemens has testified he thought the syringes contained vitamin B12).

The brief, which McNamee’s attorneys sent Friday to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, portrays Clemens’ defamation suit as nearly dead in the water. It comes in response to Clemens’ appeal of a lower court’s ruling last year that eviscerated the suit, which Clemens first brought against McNamee on Jan. 6, 2008, three weeks after a report by former Senator George Mitchell first publicized McNamee’s accusations. Mitchell was also listed as a potential witness. He and the others could also be summoned to testify as part of a defamation countersuit that McNamee himself brought against Clemens last year in a federal court in Brooklyn — and will likely pursue, at least in order to recover his monumental legal fees.

Right now only the legal system could prevent from having the Yankee players testify. If the courts are convinced with the brief, then this won’t happen.

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There’s a whole lot to share with y’all.

  • A great Yankee blogger, Todd Drew, died just past midnight yesterday. He was a regular on Alex Belth’s blog. I never knew him but from what I’ve read about him, he was quite cool. He was only 41, so that’s even more touching.
  • Kevin Long, the Yankees’ hitting coach, who I don’t have a lot of confidence in, has been very busy this offseason. He visited A-Rod, Cano, and Posada and reports all three ready for monster 2009 seasons. I sure hope so.
  • Now more on the Clemens steroids saga. Kirk Radomski was in D.C. yesterday (thank God I didn’t see him). He testified against the Rocket.  Clemens’ former trainer, Brian McNamee expects to see Clemens in a uniform this year — an orange jumpsuit, that is.
  • No more halted postseason games. They must be played to full completion, so vote the owners yesterday.
  • Youk has agreed to a 4-year contract for $40 million with the Red Sox. I have to admit, I like his fiery attitude and his team-first philosophy. He is a good player playing for a team I love to hate.

Have a good day, y’all!

According to a report in the Daily News, a grand jury will probably start deliberating today whether the Rocket lied to investigators and on the stand during testimony last February.

Inside the article, samples of evidence such as bloody gauze, used needles and syringes, testimony from Brian McNamee and Kirk Radomski.

Why I’m bringing this up, even though the Rocket isn’t with the Yankees anymore? Andy Pettitte.

He may be called upon to testify, and while grand juries are closed to the public, it is probably obvious that Pettitte will say some damaging things about Clemens. The Yankees stood by Pettitte last year when his name was revealed in the Mitchell Report and when he admitted HGH use to recover from injuries quicker. While he is officially not part of the Yankees at this point, Pettitte could have used their marketability and financial clout to get help on the legal front. The Yankees would have treated him like family.

I had a friend who had a friend whose sister was dating Miguel Cairo and that friend bumped into Miguel Cairo one night with his sister and they got into talking and Cairo opened up about the Yankees and shared that the Yankees treat their players like royalty. The Yankees make sure the players have transportation, and even provide it, give them excellent food before and after games, and in essence, serve as bellhops for players. Of course the more expensive players get more, but someone like Cairo got limousines, tickets for family, good food, good hotel suites. That’s what Pettitte is missing here, the Yankee treatment.

Mike Fish at ESPN.com is reporting that a Federal Grand Jury is being convened in Washington DC to investigate whether or not Roger Clemens should be indicted for lying under oath to congress during last year’s fiasco of a hearing involving Clemens, Brian McNamee and several star-struck congressmen.

Assistant US Attorney Daniel P. Butler will be presenting evidence in the case, and several people could be called as witnesses in the case against Clemens.  Fish reports that McNamee, drug-supplier Kirk Radomski, FDA Agent Jeff Novitzky, as well as Clemens’ former teammates and admitted HGH users, Andy Pettitte and Chuck Knoblauch could all be called as witnesses in the case against Clemens.

Its not really sad at this point – Clemens did this to himself.  The evidence is so overwhelmingly against him, I don’t believe he has a chance in hell of escaping this.  McNamee said Clemens, Pettitte and Knoblauch all used HGH under his guidance.  Pettitte and Knobluach admitted it and said they knew Clemens did it as well.  Pettitte even signed a sworn declaration to his effect.  Clemens testified that Pettitte must have “misremembered.”  McNamee says he has old syringes and gauze pads with Clemens’ DNA on them.  Radomski can provide evidence that shipments of HGH were sent to the Clemens home.   Finally, Clemens’ own wife admitted she also took HGH.

This should make for a very interesting year in the baseball/steroids world.  Barry Bonds’ perjury case is scheduled to begin trial in March, if Clemens is indicted he will probably face trial this year as well and Miguel Tejada is currently being investigated by the FBI as to whether or not he lied under oath when, under questioning about steroids and HGH, he denied ever using them to congress.  Tejada was later named in the Mitchell Report.

This doesn’t come as a surprise — but Andy Pettitte has rejected the Yankees’ 1 year, $10 million offer.

After the Yankees publicly supported Pettitte after his name was revealed in the Mitchell Report and after he had a very poor second half last year, he would not show the love.

After he publicly said on television that he would want to choose the Yankees and no amount of money would matter, he still did not show the love.

My initial reaction is to just dump him on the curb. Go with Phil Hughes or Al Aceves. Go after Ben Sheets or someone else. But Pettitte is honestly the best answer.

Try a $12 million contract. What is $2 million to the Yankees? Yeah, probably more $8 beers.

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