I Can’t Let It Rest

So another politician is exploiting the Roger Clemens situation for his own good. This time it’s New York congressman Anthony Weiner (Dem) asking the FBI to end its investigation on Clemens and “focus on real threats” to our country.

I know, I know … this is a baseball blog, and space shouldn’t be wasted on political crap. But insanity such as this makes my blood boil. Weiner isn’t the only person expressing such a view — there are dozens, and all are condescending and self-righteous in their delivery. And simple logic supports what they’re saying. Yes, of course, there are more important matters for our country, so why should the feds be “wasting their time” with such a seemingly unimportant issue as some baseball player’s PED ingestion?

On the surface, it’s a fantastic question. Think about it for more than 30 seconds though, and you realize how the concept is nonsensical, shortsighted, and the product of shallow thinking.

Here is Anthony “I Could Really Use Some Positive Press and Cheap Exposure” Weiner’s direct quote:

“The FBI should focus on the real threats facing our communities, such as terrorism and violent crime,” Weiner told the New York Daily News. “Whether or not Roger Clemens may have committed perjury should not compete with real national security issues for the FBI’s time, attention and resources.”

Um … OK. Let’s think realistically about this … for example, we know that the FBI has more than just the Clemens case on its plate. In fact, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of investigations being conducted at this very moment by the feds. There are FBI agents on stakeouts for drug deals. There are G-men monitoring the browsing habits of internet porn creeps and illegal MP3 downloaders. There are feds following counterfeiters across the Canadian border. There are agents questioning the bodega owner up the street about the keno machine in his back room. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, of course.

Yet, to hear it from media whores such as Weinberg, the FBI should drop their investigation of every suspected illegal activity and put all of their efforts into terrorism and violent crime. Never mind the gambling, the prostitution, the drug pushers, the tax evaders, the child molesters, the car thieves, the inside traders, the fraudulent businessmen, the ballot stuffers, and the people who lie to Congress — let all those people do whatever they want, and just concentrate on terrorism. Yeah. Right. Excellent. I think it’s called “anarchy”. Let me know when that initiative commences, and I’ll buy a one-way ticket to a nice, warm, Caribbean island.

My wife, who is a publicist, puts it best: the FBI is doing a terrible job of PR. She’s right. Rather than leaving themselves open to the criticism of lemming-leaders such as Weiner, they should be making it clear that Clemens is being investigated by the “perjury department” or whatever the official term of that arm of the agency is called.

The FBI has not dropped all of its attention on “more important” matters to focus on Clemens … sorry Roger, you’re not THAT important. The perjury investigation is just one of hundreds going on, but since it is on TV, the internet, the radio, and every other media outlet, it appears to be the “only game in town”.

Let’s put it this way: if you or I lied to the federal government, our butts would be fried. The entire neighborhood could tell the agents, “hey, why don’t you do something about terrorism rather than bothering some simple blogger?”, but it would fall on deaf ears. Why should it be any different for Roger Clemens?

It is what it is.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Walnutz15 March 6, 2008 at 8:28 am
    How court proceedings should play out, from here on out — with The Clemens precedent:

    “Do you solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth — so help you, God?”

    Well…..I’ll consider it, but really — don’t expect me to tell it 100% straight, I’ll embellish or even flat-out lie if it suits my cause…….I mean, Roger Clemens did it that way, and no consequences were handed on down to him.

    Flippin’ joke if this isn’t handled correctly.