Do you want to kill the messenger?

When Jose Canseco came out with an estimated percentage of what players were Juiced the entire Baseball World came down on him harder than a Dennis Martinez fastball to Puckett’s face. In the end, Jose was vindicated and in some circles, albeit small circles, he is considered a hero, as astonishing as that may be to believe.

There is another man who has not had the same reaction. A man who has played with legends and future Hall of Famers and also outed some big names, but up until this month was pretty much called a “liar”, “rat”, and “snitch”. Jason Grimsley told Federal Agents that Andy Petitte and Roger Clemens took performance-enhancers and really, is that a surprise to ANYONE? He also told them Miguel Tejada, Jay Gibbons, and Brian Roberts were on Steroids. First of all, Miguel we knew about because Raffy Palmeiro already outed him on his way out the baseball door. Jay Gibbons will miss the first 15 games of 2008 due to a Steroid suspension, ironically enough. That leaves only Brian Roberts and we still have time on him. I’ll give him another year or so before we find some Juice on him, pardon the pun.

So what do you think of Jason Grimsley? Is he nothing more than a snitch or should he be commended for not doing what Barry Bonds did, lie to the government? I know it’s not a popular stance but he was backed into a corner and rather than lie and get himself thrown into prison he admitted to everything. I have a feeling that when all is said and done he will get his due respect. Of course, that’s if Roger Clemens doesn’t put a hit on his head.

If you are into reading, check out the very interesting federal report on Grimsley. Warning, it is a .PDF file.



  1. I have been saying Canseco deserves credit for a while, as he has been proven truthful and his detractors have been proven to be liars.

    Clemens did everything Bonds did. He got bigger and better in his mid to late 30’s and stayed great well into his 40’s. He also had an apparent “roid rage” incident in the World Series, when he threw a bat at Mike Piazza during the game.

    The person who is definately not a rat is Barry Bonds. He is being prosecuted because he refused to testify against his life long friend. He didn’t lie to protect himself, he shielded a friend. No wonder his friend was ready to spend more than a year in jail for Barry, twice no less.

    The real “rat” is Bud Selig, who pretends he didn’t know steroids were saving baseball, after he ran MLB into the ground, with a BS strike. I knew baseball was full of steroids in the 90’s. The crowd in Boston knew Canseco was on steroids in the 80’s, as they chanted “steroids” when he came to the plate. Football stepped up and made steroids against the rules. Baseball didn’t address the issue until congress forced Selig to.

    Since then, he has thrown Barry Bonds to the wolves and made it look, as much as possible, that Bonds cheated while the game was essentially clean. Canseco says as much as 80% of the league was on steroids. Who do you believe?
    The Sultan on Sports

  2. Great post!

    Selig will go down in history as one of the worst commisioners of all time. Let’s see….the ’94 strike, all-star game fiasco, and steroids running rampants and destroying sacred records.

    Good job, buddy!

  3. Get your facts right. Though only an Internet writer, your words are seen by many and you have to take the responsibility that the information you put out there will be accepted as fact by people. Grimsely never told the Feds Clemens and Pettitte did steroids. A reporter wrote that, based on hearsay and not the actual transcripts. Both Grimsley’s agent and, more importantly, the federal prosecutor came out and said that the report was false, and in fact Grimsley had said that “never in a million years” would Clemens or Pettitte use steroids.

    The following is from a story about Grimsley. Two seconds of a Google search returned it. But I guess it wasn’t worth it when you can blast Clemens instead.

    Former Diamondbacks pitcher Jason Grimsley told federal agents questioning him about illicit drugs in baseball last spring that “never in a million years” would star pitchers Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte use steroids, human growth hormone or any other illegal performance enhancers, Grimsley’s attorney said Monday.

    “Jason told them (the federal agents) he had no knowledge of Clemens and Pettitte using any illegal drugs and told them that never in a million years would either of them use,” Ed Novak told The Arizona Republic.

    Novak said that the agents, not Grimsley, brought up Clemens and Pettitte, and that recent published reports were incorrect claiming Grimsley also identified former Baltimore Orioles teammates Brian Roberts and Jay Gibbons as players who took anabolic steroids.

    An affidavit filed in federal court in Phoenix last May by Jeff Novitzky, a special agent for the Internal Revenue Service, claimed Grimsley identified a series of major league players and a personal trainer whom he knew used illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

    The names of those players and trainer were blacked out when the affidavit was made public and never have been confirmed on the record by anyone who has seen it. However, the Los Angeles Times reported it was allowed to see an unedited copy of the affidavit provided by an anonymous source who refused to allow the newspaper to keep the 22-page document.

    According to the Times, Grimsley identified Clemens, Pettitte, Roberts, Gibbons and Baltimore shortstop Miguel Tejada as players who used illegal performance-enhancing drugs. Former Baltimore first baseman David Segui had said earlier that his name was mentioned in the affidavit.

    “As to all five players named, Jason did not attribute steroid use to any of them,” said Novak, vice president of the Arizona State Bar and head of the white-collar crime group for Quarles & Brady Streich Lang, a law firm.

    “There was no mention of Roberts or Gibbons at all,” he said. “The agents didn’t even mention Roberts or Gibbons.”

    Late Monday, shortly after Novak denied Grimsley implicated Clemens, Pettitte, Roberts or Gibbons, the federal prosecutor overseeing the investigation of illicit drugs in baseball issued an unusual statement that also cast doubt on the story.

    “In view of recent news reports purporting to identify certain athletes whose names had been redacted from the government’s search-warrant filings in the Grimsley matter, and in the interests of justice, please be advised that these reports contain significant inaccuracies,” said Kevin Ryan, U.S. attorney in San Francisco.

    Grimsley was questioned by agents who were waiting April 19 when the pitcher received an illegal shipment of growth hormone at his Scottsdale home. Novitzky’s sworn affidavit says Grimsley, who still hasn’t been charged with any crime, originally agreed to cooperate with investigators but stopped a week later after hiring an attorney.

    “This affidavit was written nearly two months after the event, based on the memory of the agent,” Novak said, noting the affidavit was filed May 31. “The FBI purposely does not record interviews because it does not want the public to know its interviewing process.”

  4. Thanks for your comment. I did do research and this what I used for the post.

    On September 30, 2006, the Los Angeles Times reported that Grimsley told federal agents investigating steroids in baseball that Houston Astros pitchers Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte were users of performance enhancing drugs and that Baltimore Orioles Miguel Tejada, Jay Gibbons, and Brian Roberts were users of quote ‘anabolic steroids’. The Times reported that they were the names that were blacked out in an affidavit filed in federal court. Clemens and Pettite both denied the statement and the Orioles had no comment altogether. Grimsley had told investigators that he got amphetamines, anabolic steroids and human growth hormone from someone recommended to him by former Yankees trainer Brian McNamee, who is a personal strength coach for Clemens and Pettitte.

    Where is it mentioned that just a reporter mentioned that? Had I known that I wouldn’t have posted it as fact.

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