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David Segui backs up Brian McNamee in the Clemens trial

May 25, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

David Segui

David Segui hit pretty well off Roger Clemens in his career, going 14 for 38, walking six times and driving in six in 44 plate appearances.  yesterday, he hit Clemens again:

Former Major Leaguer David Segui testified at the federal perjury trial of Roger Clemens on Thursday, backing up Brian McNamee’s claim that the strength and conditioning trainer saved evidence he used to inject players with performance-enhancing drugs in order to placate his wife …

Brian McNamee has a lot of credibility problems, but having Segui back up McNamee’s story about why he kept old syringes is pretty significant in my view as it gives the jury an alternate, more Occam’s Razor-friendly explanation for why he would have kept them than the “this is all an elaborate fabrication” story that Clemens’ lawyers are suggesting.

  1. rollinghighwayblues - May 25, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    I am beyond lost. McNamee kept evidence of steroid use to appease his wife of all people? Someone please stop this train wreck.

    • ezthinking - May 25, 2012 at 1:50 PM

      Maybe she was on his back for getting caught in a hot tub with a drugged chick? Just a thought.

      • proudlycanadian - May 25, 2012 at 3:31 PM

        I am wondering if you referring to Roidger’s under aged female friend? I think that her name is McCready.

  2. ezthinking - May 25, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Here’s a crazy theory that I am surprised has not been offered; McNamee tells Roger that he is giving him B-12 when its really steroids. When Rogers conditioning improves, McNamee claims its from his skill as a trainer, not ‘roids. When exposed for supplying ‘roids, McNamee has his excuse lineup by saying I was only doing what I was told to by the players.

    Bonds made similar claims, didn’t know what his trainer had given him. Ignorance is bliss, right?

    • jeffa43 - May 25, 2012 at 2:09 PM

      Yes… Thought that for years now…

    • OchentaYcinco - May 25, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      If you ignore all of the empirical evidence that suggests players knew and had known for years that steroids were in the game and saw the changes in guys who they knew or suspected were taking steroids, AND ignore that McNamee worked in clubhouses and guys who did steroids knew how to find him, AND accept that somehow Clemens didn’t know this about McNamee when his pal Petitte was getting his steroids from the guy – then yes, that’s a completely reasonable hypothesis.

  3. chadjones27 - May 25, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    What Clemens needs is to use the Chewbacca Defense

    • mirmz - May 25, 2012 at 2:26 PM

      “Why would a wookie, an 8-foot tall wookie, live on Endor, with a bunch of 2-foot tall Ewoks!? It does not make sense! If Chewbacca lives on Endor, you must acquit! The defense rests.”

      • bigharold - May 25, 2012 at 2:48 PM

        Stunningly succinct and yet brilliant.

        Does the American Bar Association know about you??

  4. proudlycanadian - May 25, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Rusty Hardin messed up in the trial. He went overboard in questioning McNamee which forced the judge to allow the prosecution to enter evidence that the judge had previously made inadmissible. Originally, the judge was not going to allow Segui and another witness to testify that McNamee had told them about 10 years ago that he was saving the evidence on the advice of his wife. The judge also changed his mind and allowed McNamee to name Pettitte and Knoblach as other baseball players whom he had injected with HGH. Hardin simply did not know when to shut up and made claims in court that the judge knew were false. .

  5. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 25, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Holy crap just end this insane case already.

  6. rcali - May 25, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Segui should know a lot of about steriods since he was a big user of them

  7. kiwicricket - May 25, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    David Segui is 45!

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 25, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      Four years younger than Jamie Moyer. And his career began six years later than Moyer’s. And he retired eight years ago.

      I just like to talk about how awesome I think Moyer is every chance I get.

  8. getadealdonealready - May 25, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Can someone explain to me, because obviously I’m not that bright, how a trained employee of the MLB office can keep a urine sample in fridge overnight, and that evidence is thrown out as it could’ve been tampered with, but a trainer can keep cotton balls and needles for years and that might be enough to convict someone?

  9. dparker713 - May 26, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Isn’t the easy line of questioning here why Segui and not McNamee’s wife is testifying? Besides, unless he heard it from McNamee’s wife, its all still just McNamee’s story versus Clemens – and they’ve both got credibility problems.

  10. dirtyharry1971 - May 27, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    ive yet to see one shred of solid evidence in this came and i cant see how any jury could find Clemens guilty based on what has been said during this trial so far.

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