Baseball Great and Seven Time Cy Young Award Winner Roger Clemens Found Not Guilty of Perjury

ROGER CLEMENS … NOT GUILTY … FEDS STRIKE OUT!!!

Major League Baseball great and seven time Cy Young award winner Roger Clemens has been found not guilty  and acquitted on two counts of perjury, obstruction of Congress and three counts of making false statements to Congress in connection with alleged steroid use. GOOD, the case never should have been tried in the first place!!! Following the not guilty jury verdict Clemens thanked his family, lawyers and others who have supported him during the trial where he was accused of using illicit performance enhancing drugs. In the end the jury did not believe the US attorneys made their case, not did they believe Clemens’ former personal trainer, Brian McNamee, who the Defense stated had incentive to lie.

Legendary baseball pitcher Roger Clemens was found not guilty Monday of lying to Congress during an investigation of steroid use among major league players.

The case against Clemens involved one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements and two counts of perjury. He was not charged with illicit use of performance-enhancing drugs, but his denial of such use was part of the case against him.

A federal jury found him not guilty on all six counts.

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Separation of Baseball & State … President Barack Obama Booed at Boston’s Fenway Park During 100th Year Anniversary Speech

Doesn’t this President get it that there is a “separation of Baseball and State”?

How bad has it become for President Barack Obama as he seeks reelection in 2012? During Friday night’s game between the Boston Red Sox and the NY Yankee’s in historic Fenway Park, President Barack Obama delivered a video message recognizing the 100th anniversary of  Fenway Park in Boston, MA. Oh, by the way … Obama’s speech was met with boos. Wow, just one more reason to love the Red Sox and Red Sox Nation.

During Friday’s Red Sox game, President Obama delivered a video message recognizing the 100th of Fenway Park, in Boston. Several people are reporting that his message was met with booing.

Hey Barack, stick to basketball and leave baseball and such hollowed events like 100 years of baseball to those who actually have followed the sport, not a politician like yourself who is merely pandering. After all Mr. President we have seen you throw a baseball in your mom jeans … you really need to be no part of the game. What’s the matter, no NASCAR events on Friday night to attend to try and some how shoe you are the common man?

LOL, as the Gateway Pundit reminds us … the booing of Obama took place in the deep blue city of Boston, Mass. Looks like the folks in Fenway are none too happy with Obama’s “hope & change”. They must be racists.

BTW, we all know what libs are the owners of the Boston Red Sox. We all remember how peeved Red Sox management got back in 2004 when Curt “the bloody sock” Schilling endorsed GWB on GMA and actually went to a couple of stops stumping with Bush.   However, I actually attended the rally in Portsmouth, NH and BTW, the event was awesome and yes got to shake W’s hand. There is nothing like being 50 yards away from Air Force One.

Red Sox pitching ace Curt Schilling will accompany President George W. Bush to his campaign stops in Manchester and Portsmouth on Friday.

The Union Leader has learned Schilling will appear with Bush at rallies at the Verizon Wireless Arena and at the Pease International Tradeport.

Daily Commentary – Friday, April 20, 2012 – Baseball fans will love this!

  • Jamie Moyer at age 49 becomes the oldest pitcher to ever win a major league contest

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Baseball Hall of Fame Catcher Gary “Kid” Carter Passes Away at the Age of 57

Baseball and its fans mourn over the passing of Hall of Fame great Gary Carter.

The “Kid” played for 19 years with the following teams, Mets, Montreal, San Francisco and the Los Angeles Dodgers, he was an 11 time All-Star, and finished his career with a  .262 average, 324 home runs and 1,225 RBIs. However, as anyone who ever saw Gary Carter play, he will be forever known for his fire, passion and love of the game. Carter was the poster child on how the game of baseball should be played. Sadly, Carter was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor last May.  Our prayers go out to the family and friends of Gary Carter who has died far too young. Rest in Peace.

Carter was diagnosed with four brain tumors last May, two weeks after finishing his second season as coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University. In recent months, the family hoped that, with chemotherapy and other treatments, the tumors were in check. But in January, the family revealed that doctors found several new tumors on Carter’s brain.

“I am deeply saddened to tell you all that my precious dad went to be with Jesus today at 4:10 p.m. This is the most difficult thing I have ever had to write in my entire life but I wanted you all to know,” Carter’s daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, wrote on the family website.

“He is in heaven and has reunited with his mom and dad. I believe with all my heart that dad had a STANDING OVATION as he walked through the gates of heaven to be with Jesus,” Bloemers wrote.
Carter was diagnosed with four brain tumors last May, two weeks after finishing his second season as coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University. In recent months, the family hoped that, with chemotherapy and other treatments, the tumors were in check. But in January, the family revealed that doctors found several new tumors on Carter’s brain.

“I am deeply saddened to tell you all that my precious dad went to be with Jesus today at 4:10 p.m. This is the most difficult thing I have ever had to write in my entire life but I wanted you all to know,” Carter’s daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, wrote on the family website.

“He is in heaven and has reunited with his mom and dad. I believe with all my heart that dad had a STANDING OVATION as he walked through the gates of heaven to be with Jesus,” Bloemers wrote.

Gary Carter was one of my favorite players of all time, even though he was the one who started the Mets comeback against the Red Sox in the 1986 World Series. Carter was a class act.  Rest in Peace Kid.

Posted February 17, 2012 by
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Sports Athletes Who Died in 2011 … Harmon Killebrew, Macho Man Randy Savage, Bubba Smith, Al Davis and Joe Fraizer to Name a Few: REST IN PEACE

In Memoriam …

Sadly we lost some real icons in the world of sports this year. Among some who died were MLB Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew, WWE Pro-wrestling great Randy “Macho Man” Savage, NFL football greats Bubba Smith, Chester McGlockton, Dave Duerison, Ollie Matson and John Macky, PGA golfing legend Seve Ballesteros, Oklahoma State women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna, NFL icon Al Davis and Boxing great Smokin Joe Frazier.

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No death was probably more tragic than the terrible Indy car crash and the death of race car driver Dan Wheldon at the season-ending Las Vegas Indy 300. Weldon was just 33 years of age.

Sadly, boxing great and former heavy weight champion of the world, Smokin’ Joe Frazier passed away at age 67 after to battle with liver cancer.

The NFL lost its Commitment to Excellence … NFL Oakland Raider Owner Al Davis Dies at Age 82 … JUST WIN BABY!!!

More athletes who passed in 2011 can be seen here at Sports Illustrated. What is the most tragic thing after  reviewing the far many athletes who died in 2011 was sadly the amount who died due to suicide.

MLB Most Valuable Player Brian Braun Tests Positive For Performance Enhancing Drugs

RUT-ROH … Another black eye for Major League Baseball. The title should be MLB NL MVP tests + for PED.

Just when you thought it was safe to think that the drug cheating era in Major League Baseball was over, think again. Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun and the reigning 2011 National League’s MLB MVP has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. If the test results are upheld, Braun faces a 50 game suspension. According to ESPN, when Braun was accepting his MVP award, he already knew that he had tested positive.

VIDEO: ESPN – Braun tests positive for PED

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug, CBS Sports confirmed on Saturday.

The reigning National League MVP faces a potential 50-game suspension.

ESPN, which reported the story first citing two sources familiar with the case who talked with “Outside the Lines,” said Braun was tested during the playoffs and notified of the results in October. The report adds that Braun is disputing the result through arbitration, which is why Major League Baseball has not announced the findings yet.

MVP Brian Braun responded and told USA’s Today Bob Nightengale, “It’s BS! However, no such test result has ever been reversed. Braun and his peeps plan on fighting the test results. A spokesman for Brian Braun confirmed the positive test Saturday and issued a statement: “There are highly unusual circumstances surrounding this case … ”

Braun, however, plans a vigorous defense of the positive test. He will appeal any suspension and on Saturday night told USA TODAY of the result: “It’s BS.”

Remember when MLB commissioner Bud Selig stated that the steroid era in baseball was over? Bud may want to rethink his words. Its safe to say that any records in the past 25 years in baseball all need to have an asterisk on them as they are all suspect.

“The use of steroids and amphetamines amongst today’s players has greatly subsided and is virtually nonexistent, as our testing results have shown. The so-called steroid era — a reference that is resented by the many players who played in that era and never touched the substances — is clearly a thing of the past, and Mark’s admission today is another step in the right direction.”

If his test ends up being upheld and Braun tests positive for PED, nothing in MLB can be trusted ever again. Before any award is given, tests should be done and all information should be made public. This is getting to be ridiculous. Enough of MLB, the players union and the media allowing this to continue all so they can have exciting highlights. When will it ever end?

Seattle Mariners MLB Outfielder Greg Halman Stabbed to Death in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Greg Halman, Major League baseball outfielder for the Seattle Mariners, has been stabbed to death in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Are we sure that Joran Van der Sloot is still locked away in prison? Actually, the 22 year old brother of the slain Halman has been arrested for the crime.

Dutch police say Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman has been stabbed to death and his brother has been arrested as a suspect.

Rotterdam Police spokeswoman Patricia Wessels says police were called to a home in the Dutch port city early Monday morning and found Halman bleeding from a stab wound.

More from NBC’s Today:

Police were called to a home in the Dutch port city early Monday and found Halman bleeding from a stab wound. The officers were unable to resuscitate the outfielder.

“A 24-year-old died this morning in a stabbing and we have arrested the 22-year-old brother of the victim,” a Rotterdam police spokesman told Reuters. Officials declined to give the suspect’s name, in line with Dutch privacy rules.

 

Posted November 21, 2011 by
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MLB Catcher Wilson Ramos of the Washington Nationals Kidnapped in Venezuela (UPDATE: Rescued, Found Alive)

Wilson Ramos, a catcher with the Washington nationals has been kidnapped in his native country of Venezuela. According to reports, Ramos was abducted from his home by multiple gunman.  Vilera tweeted that four armed men in an SUV took Ramos from his home in Santa Ines in central Carabobo state. The family lives about 95 miles west of Caracas.  To this point there have been no ransom demands.

Professional baseball player Wilson Ramos, a catcher seen as one of the young building blocks for the Washington Nationals, was abducted by gunmen Wednesday from his home in his native Venezuela.

Ramos, a 24-year-old who just finished his rookie season, was taken away in an SUV by four armed men in Santa Ines in central Carabobo state, the spokeswoman for his Venezuelan League team, the Aragua Tigers, said on her official Twitter account.

“This is sad, worrisome and true that Wilson Ramos has been kidnapped,” Katherine Vilera wrote.

UPDATE I: Wilson Ramos found safe in Venezuela, freed from kidnappers. Ramos was rescued by Venezuela police, his agent, Gustavo Mercano, said in a phone conversation … “They got him. He’s safe.”

The Venezuelan Information Minister confirmed that Ramos was found safely by authorities in Montalban, a mountainous area of Carabobo state. Carabobo is the state in which Ramos‘ hometown of Santa Ines is located. Ramos was rescued roughly 10 minutes away from where the car used to abduct him was found abandoned on Thursday morning in Bejuma.

The Venezuelan Internal Affairs minister reported that the authorities had three kidnappers in custody so it was presumed this was a rescue operation and ransom was not involved. One of the kidnappers was said to be a Columbian “linked to paramilitary groups and to kidnapping groups.”

UPDATE II: Statement from the Washington Nationals:

“I am happy to announce that I have spoken directly with Wilson and he assures me he is unharmed but eager to be reunited with his family. He asked me to thank all who played a role in his rescue, and all those who kept him and his family in their thoughts and prayers. I join Wilson in thanking the many law enforcement officials in Venezuela and investigators with Major League Baseball who worked tirelessly to ensure a positive ending to what has been a frightening ordeal. The only detail that concerns us tonight is that Wilson is safe. The entire Washington Nationals family is thankful that Wilson Ramos is coming home.”

 

That Didn’t Take Long … U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton Declares Mistrial in Roger Clemens Perjury Trial

Now you see it, now you don’t … the Rocket as landed in a mistrial, Houston prosecutors, you have a problem. Will the judge say that there is double jeopardy and no new trial will take place?

“Mr. Clemens has to get a fair trial,” Walton said. “In my view, he can’t get it now.”

Just yesterday was the beginning of opening arguments in the perjury trial of former MLB pitcher Roger Clemens as he was in a battle for his freedom. My what a difference a day makes. In only the second day of the perjury trial, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton declared a mistrial. What was the cause? The prosecution showed jurors evidence that he had been previously ruled out. Good grief, what first year law student did this? The judge ruled that Clemens could not receive a fair trial following this action by the prosecution.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton left the question of a new trial up in the air. But he called a halt to the trial under way after prosecutors showed jurors evidence that he had ruled out — videotaped revelations that a teammate had said he’d told his wife Clemens confessed to using a drug.

Walton scolded prosecutors and said he couldn’t let the former All-Star pitcher face prison if convicted on such “extremely prejudicial” evidence.

“Mr. Clemens has to get a fair trial,” Walton said. “In my view, he can’t get it now.”

 

Judge Reggie Walton stated that he would hold a hearing September 2 to decide whether Clemens should face another trial. What a gaffe by the prosecution. How could such a blunder have occurred? The real question is whether during Walton’s next hearing whether he will attack “double jeopardy” to this case meaning that Clemens cannot be tried again.

He said a judge may make an exception for misconduct on the part of prosecutors, but this appears to have been a simple yet devastating mistake.

“How could the government not have reviewed each piece of evidence after the court’s pretrial rulings?” he said. “This is crucially important, and prosecutors have to do this all the time.”

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