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.