Hardin: Nature and Man’s HOF Fate.
“What we did with Roger didn’t work. He denied it from every rooftop he could. What we discovered with Roger was that his denial just brought more scorn. After awhile, we just shut up. There was nothing more we could offer from the dialogue.
“But I will say that if a person didn’t do it, they shouldn’t cave in and say they did it, just to make it go away.’‘
Hardin realized even after being victorious in trial that the public perception of Clemens wouldn’t be dramatically altered, which was confirmed when the seven-time Cy Young award winner received only 37.6% of the vote in this year’s the Hall of Fame ballot.
“I don’t think nobody will ever look at the evidence before they cast their next vote,’’ Hardin says. “The trouble is that Roger was lumped together with (Barry) Bonds and (Sammy) Sosa. The other two guys, everybody knows they did it. There’s no question that Bonds did it. Everybody knows that. And Sosa proved positive. And since Roger was accused, he was thrown in the same group.’‘
Bonds testified that he never knowingly used steroids. Sosa tested positive in an anonymous 2003 test, according to the New York Times, but has denied that he ever used steroids.
“I don’t think anything is ever going to change,’’ Hardin says, “no matter what Roger says.
“You never get your reputation back.
“Alex Rodriguez will find that out.’‘
Posted: January 31, 2013 at 06:39 AM | 72 comment(s)
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