Hey Schill, I see you started off your blog with a warning that you will delete "some idiotic off the cuff rant slanted one way or another". You said it was your opinion. This is my opinion. You are out of line to be telling Clemens what he should or should not do. In my opinion, Clemens can keep his Cy Youngs. He may not have earned them cleanly, but he was awarded them. There is no underline condition where you have to be clean to win the award. He may have deceived us all including you, but sportswriters across the country gave him this award. He does not need to return them. Clean or not, those trophies are his. Bonds and Tejada can keep their MVPs. Let them feel the guilt of cheating the sport. Our job as baseball players or baseball fans isn't to police the sport and make it clean. At the end of the day, it is your job to pitch for the Boston Red Sox, not to write your blog or express your opinions on baseball. For me, this sport is just entertaining. I've enjoyed watching Clemens and you pitch for all of my life.
Players are always trying to find an advantage. Tell me you never were tempted to try some HGH during your days in Philly. Tell me you've never wanted to take some sandpaper with you to the mound. Some of us a weaker than others. Clemens and Pettite fell under pressure from teammates and trainers and took HGH. The MLB is the governing body of the sport. They decide what is fair game and what is not. Under MLB policy, what Clemens did was not illegal in the sport. It shows that his character is right to be questioned, and he may not have the moral values that you have. Bonds and him may have cheated the game, but they do not owe anyone anything. Bonds is in the record book as the home run king. Clemens is in the record book as the leader in Cy Youngs. Were those records tainted? Maybe. Probably. Was it against the rules when they took it? No, but they still shouldn't have done it. However, clean or not, they are the record holders. Clemens shouldn't have to do anything with his Cy Young awards. Pedro Martinez, Mark Mulder, and Randy Johnson did not win the award. Maybe they cheated. We don't know. We don't know anything. There is no proof either way. This will always be an open case until someone steps forward. It may be in a few days like Andy Pettite, or it may be in 20 years like Pete Rose. Either way, there will be no proof either way. No test results are to be found. All we have is a drug dealer's word. In my opinion, he may not be the most trusted source.
Clemens may have been roiding and shooting up every afternoon. He may have taken one greeny. We don't know. All I know is right now he has over 350 wins and 7 Cy Youngs. What he did does not change that. Bonds has 762 home runs. I'm not trying to justify steroid use. It is bad for your body and bad for a role model to take. Steroids are a problem in high school and in the pros. Curt, you are out of place telling Clemens what he should or should not do. You aren't the commissioner. You aren't Bud Selig. You are the number two pitcher on the Boston Red Sox. I'm sure you've seen players taking steroids. I'm sure it bugged you. However, their actions do not mean anything to anyone else, because at the end of the day, it is just a game. They are millionaires. Some millionaires like you earn their money the right way. Some don't. There will always be a good guy and a villain. It's a fact of life. However, the villain always ends up getting justice. It may be criminal punishment or it may just be living with the guilt. However, you are not one to hand out this punishment. Let Selig and court of law decide that.
Curt, you are a major league pitcher making millions of dollars. I am just a 14-year-old boy with a little too much time on his hands. However, our opinions still mean nothing. I'll tell Clemens to keep the awards and live with the guilt of cheating fans, players, and the sport. Cy Young is rolling over in his grave by seeing what the game has evolved into. However, he doesn't have to listen to any of us. At the end of the day, he is his own boss and decides what is best for him. Maybe you don't care about my opinion, because I don't really care about yours. I just want you to know that you and I are the same in one fact. We both have opinions on the Mitchell Report. What's best for the game is to admit there has been a problem and to move on. None of you ball players mentioned the steroid era in 1998 when I was just learning about the game idolizing Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. The fans and the media didn't cause the steroid era. You players did. However, it isn't your job to clean up your mess. That's what the commissioner is supposed to do. Clemens may have made a mistake. We all do, on different levels though. There is a difference between armed robbery and jaywalking. Clemens may have robbed Mulder, Martinez, and Johnson, but that isn't our problem. It's in the past. It's best to just leave it there.