2008 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Goose Gossage said during an interview on ESPN Radio’s “The Michael Kay Show” that notorious flamethrower Roger Clemens should not receive a future ticket to Cooperstown, New York.
Clemens, an adulterer who allegedly began banging country music singer Mindy McCready when she was a sickening 15 years of age, last week was wrongly found not guilty on all six counts of lying to Congress in 2008 that he wasn’t a juicehead.
“Are we going to reward these guys for cheating? Even though he was found innocent, I think it was because of the bad testimony,” said Gossage, 60, a nine-time All-Star selection who compiled 124 wins, 310 saves and 1,502 strikeouts over 22 seasons as a hurler in Major League Baseball (MLB). “These guys lie, lie, lie, lie, lie. Roger, I think is in the same boat.”
The 1978 American League (AL) Rolaids Relief Man of the Year, who dominated on the mound for nine organizations while sporting his wild facial hair, compared Clemens’ verdict to the infamous ruling in “the trial of the century.”
“O.J. Simpson, did you believe that he didn’t kill those two people?” Gossage asked rhetorically.
“The Rocket,” who amazingly amassed 354 victories, in comparison to 184 losses, and 4,672 strikeouts in 23 seasons playing for four teams, was named in 1999 to the MLB All-Century Team.
From a statistical standpoint, the 11-time All-Star and seven-time Cy Young Award winner is clearly one of the preeminent hurlers in the history of the sport of baseball.
Unfortunately, Clemens, a broken-bat throwing loon who in April 2006 claimed all Japanese and Koreans were dry cleaners, represents all that was wrong with America’s Pastime and he doesn’t deserve to be praised or cheered.
The 1986 AL Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award winner, who finally retired in September 2007 with the New York Yankees, was called “a complete asshole” by likable Toronto Blue Jays manager of yesteryear, Cito Gaston, in 2009.
Despite “The Rocket’s” otherworldly statistics, Clemens indeed is “a complete asshole” and one of “these guys (who) lie, lie, lie, lie, lie.”
For the betterment of the Village of Cooperstown, the repulsive Roger Clemens needs to be forever banned from the charming towns of Otsego and Middlefield.by