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Phil Garner, former Clemens teammates are testifying for the defense

May 31, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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As the Roger Clemens case drags on, the defense is trying to dazzle the jury with star power!  Well, Phil Garner, Charlie O’Brien and other Clemens teammates anyway:

Roger Clemens lost something off his fastball in his 40s but still succeeded by pitching smarter, his former manager testified today.

“He continued to have great success, but for different reasons,” said defense witness Phil Garner, who managed Clemens with the Houston Astros from 2004-2006. “He didn’t just overpower teams; he outsmarted teams … He wasn’t as domineering as he was earlier.”

Scrap Iron went on to rave about Clemens’ work habits and drive and all of that.  Yesterday former Clemens catchers Charlie O’Brien and Darrin Fletcher testified. Here’s O’Brien:

“I don’t think he’d cheat,” said former journeyman catcher Charlie O’Brien, who caught Clemens’ games for much of the 1997 season with the Toronto Blue Jays. O’Brien portrayed Clemens as such a stickler that he’d refuse to throw scuffed baseballs because he considered it cheating.

Two things:

(1) How DARE they call the former personal catcher of the great Greg Maddux — and the inventor of the hockey-style catcher’s mask — a “journeyman catcher.”  He is a genius and a saint and shall ever be thus; and

(2) Even if he is a genius and a saint, dude ought to be prosecuted for perjury right now for saying that Clemens refused to throw a scuffed baseball.  Because that’s crazy. Not saying he scuffed them, but if a scuffed one was inadvertently returned to him rather than be replaced by a fresh ball, I would bet my children’s lives on him or any other pitcher throwing the thing.

Fletcher’s testimony sounded almost fanboy-esque. He did say that Clemens would purse his lips on the mound when he wanted to throw a curveball. Which is a new one to me. I guess the death stares and game-rage he usually displayed were him asking to throw the heat and the splitter.

Anyway, at least the trial sounds more interesting than it was before. Because, you know, Phil Garner and those guys.

  1. humanexcrement - May 31, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Interesting that I found myself arguing about PEDs on the day this article made the front page at cnn.com:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/magazine/05/29/baseball.steroids/index.html?&hpt=hp_c1

  2. El Bravo - May 31, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Sounds like Fletcher is pursing his lips on something himself…

    • bozosforall - May 31, 2012 at 11:18 PM

      The only lip pursing that Roger ever received from guys was way back in his early career in Boston. Male Red Sox fans lined up around the block to pleasure Clemens, which also explains why they are so bitter now.

  3. ezthinking - May 31, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Doesn’t it seem the defense is trying to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory with this string of crap witnesses?

    • Jonny 5 - May 31, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      You mean he’s “Marmoling” ?

  4. snowbirdgothic - May 31, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    I dunno. Clemens still sounds pretty domineering.

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 31, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Reasonable doubt is all they need. If one juror is swayed by this schtick, Rusty Hardin & Co have done their job.

  6. The Common Man - May 31, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Roger Clemens would never cheat!*

    *except on his wife with an underage wannabe country music star

    • bozosforall - May 31, 2012 at 11:21 PM

      She wasn’t underage, idiot.

      • sophiethegreatdane - May 31, 2012 at 11:47 PM

        Wasn’t she 16 at the time the relationship started? Not trying to start a controversy here, I’m honestly asking because that’s the number that was tossed around when that story broke..

  7. proudlycanadian - May 31, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Rusty plans 2 weeks of this type of scintillating testimony.

  8. wsnydes - May 31, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    What is relevant about how Clemens pitched? That doesn’t mean that he’s innocent or guilty. He could have pitched like complete crap, gotten shelled every outing, yet still taken PED’s. His actual pitching performance or how his pitching style may or may not have evolved is completely irrelevant.

  9. mall0215 - May 31, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    This case is bullshit. Jus wasting mine and everybody else’s tax dollars. Leave that man alone. Their r more important matters to address. Been hearing bout this B.S for to long. LEAVE THAT MAN ALONE DAMMMMM

    • wsnydes - May 31, 2012 at 4:46 PM

      i half agree with you. but i don’t think that people should get away with lying to congress. perjury is a crime.

  10. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 31, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    I really don’t know how anyone can defend someone who so obviously lied. Can’t wait until this case is over with.

    • bozosforall - May 31, 2012 at 11:26 PM

      Still waiting on that positive steroid test result that doesn’t exist. Any other claimed evidence is tainted, due to chain of custody issues. But I know who they CAN find a positive steriod test result for. David Ortiz, who tested positive in 2003. Let’s put his fat a$$ in front of Congress and watch him lie

  11. exibitsman - Jun 1, 2012 at 5:08 AM

    I hope this big bully gets thrown in jail for 10years he’s a cheating lieing punk who allways got his way.
    not this time rogers.!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. bbil2012 - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    On the other hand, he never refused to throw a scuffed bat.

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