“They call Roger arrogant. That someone - and plenty of people are - would compare him getting his name on a plaque in a museum in Cooperstown to going to jail. That’s arrogance to me,” Waldman, the Yankees radio analyst, said. “Jail? Prison? Now that’s real life.”
...Her statement was made in the face of what Tuesday seemed to be overwhelming media reaction that yeah, Clemens was cleared of lying to a panel of congressional weasels, but yeah, he still did steroids. Not even a jury of his peers changed that perception.
Waldman had some choice words about commentators with that particular opinion. The only ones fit to print in a family newspaper are “self-important.” Yet there was also an undeniable media consensus that the next “jury” Clemens faces, Hall of Fame voters, is the panel most important to him. And that he will be crushed, his life will come tumbling down, if he is not enshrined in Cooperstown.
“You don’t think Roger Clemens is prepared for this? Waldman asked. “. . . You don’t think Roger knows some writers don’t like him for one reason or another? Roger Clemens is a lot of things but he’s not stupid.”