February 14, 2008 5:00 AM
Drew Litton: Clemens Time
The last time Washington witnessed this much denying, Richard Nixon was looking under sofa cushions for 18 minutes of tape. Roger Clemens performance, if you can call it that, before congress, just added more embarrassment to the game of baseball. He would have been so much better off being more like Andy Pettitte, admitting his mistakes and trying to move on. But Clemens ego won't permit it. For some odd reason, a great many baseball players seem to come with tremendous egos. I had one of the most unpleasant moments in my life one afternoon at spring training, trying in vein to interview Ken Griffey Jr. Apparently he believed he deserved to be treated differently than anyone else on the planet when spoken to. I lost all respect for the guy. One of my peeves in life are people who think they are more important than you or I. Baseball seems to have more than their fair share of those kinds of people. Interestingly enough, the current Rockies roster aren't like that at all. They are a bunch of down to earth, easy-going, friendly guys whose egos seem to be held in check. It's refreshing. I can assure you, that wasn't always the case.
I think egos are at the heart of the current mess that Baseball finds itself in. It's full of guys who think they are above the general public in accountability, somehow deserving of privileges not afforded to the masses that pay their salaries. I tend to blame the minor league systems in the game, which are designed to coddle players at an early age and instill a sense of "I'm special and you're not" kind of mentality. Until that changes, I'm afraid we will see more performances ahead like the one Roger Clemens attempted yesterday.