Roger Clemens and his former personal trainer Brian McNamee have been asked to testify under oath before a Congressional committee Jan. 16 in what promises to be a compelling showdown.
Andy Pettitte, the retired second baseman Chuck Knoblauch and Kirk Radomski, a former Mets clubhouse worker who has admitted to being a supplier of performance-enhancing drugs to professional baseball players for a decade, are also being called to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the committee announced Friday.
Lawyers for Clemens and McNamee said they intended to accept the invitations. The others, who have all been linked to McNamee, could not be immediately contacted after the announcement by the committee.
As a baseball fan and a taxpayer, I’m annoyed that Congress is wasting their time on something like this. Little will be accomplished and a great deal of money and energy will be spent simply to get Congressmen more publicity. (And this, once again, shows why the Mitchell Report was such a bad idea: nothing like airing your dirty laundry in public to sully your reputation even more. Especially when much of that dirty laundry is nothing more than hearsay and allegations.)
On the other hand, as a conservative, I’m glad to see that Congress is keeping themselves occupied in ultimately meaningless endeavors rather than trying to come up with new to limit our freedom and prosperity. A wise man once said “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session,” so let’s keep ’em distracted while they’re there. A lot like giving a baby a toy so he doesn’t get into trouble while the adults are talking. Steroid hearings are to Congress as toys are to babies: they keep them out of trouble while the important stuff is being taken care of.
Hat Tip on article: BBTF’s Baseball Primer Newsblog