Clemens Turns to Plan B-12

Clemens Turns to Plan B-12

In this image captured from video and released by CBS News on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2008, baseball player Roger Clemens is seen at his Katy, Texas home, on Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, while giving his first interview since being accused of using performance-enhancing drugs by his former trainer in the Mitchell Report. The interview will air on CBS's 60 Minutes, on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2007.

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But That's a Tough Pill for the Nation to Swallow, Roger Dodger
Sincerely, The Court of Public Opinion

Clemens Says He Was Injected - With Lidocaine and B-12
He 'Swears' to the Air He Didn't Use Steroids

"Wallace asked Clemens if McNamee ever injected him with drugs, to which Clemens replied, "Lidocaine and B-12. It's for my joints, and B-12, I still take today."

Clemens said the charges were "ridiculous" and insisted he never used banned substances. After he made those statements, Wallace, who is a longtime friend, said, "Swear?" Clemens responded, "I swear." -- 1.4.08, Boston Globe

Too Bad Canseco Already Told the B-12 Joke in Juiced

1.3.08, Baseball's Steroid Era Blog excerpt from Juiced: It was the pitchers that kept the “B12” joke going. For example, I’ve never seen Roger Clemens do steroids, and he never told me that he did. But we’ve talked about what steroids could do for you, in which combinations, and I’ve heard him use the phrase “B12 shot” with respect to others.

A lot of pitchers did steroids to keep up with hitters. If everyone else was getting stronger and faster, then you wanted to get stronger and faster, too. If you were a pitcher, and the hitters were all getting stronger, that made your job that much more difficult. Roger used to talk about that a lot.

“You hitters are so darn strong from steroids,” he’d say.

“Yeah, but you pitchers are taking it, too. You’re just taking different types,” I’d respond.

And sometimes Roger would vent his frustration over the hits even the lesser players were starting to get off good pitchers. “Damn, that little guy hit it odd the end of the bat and almost drove it to the wall,” he would say. He would complain about guys who were hitting fifty homers when they had no business hitting thirty. It was becoming more difficult for pitchers all the time, he would complain.

And It Didn't Take Weeks for McNamee's Camp to Respond to Roger

McNamee's lawyer, Earl Ward, told the Daily News last night that his client never injected Clemens with the vitamin B-12 or lidocaine, but that he did shoot him up with testosterone.

"Brian has a master's degree in sports medicine," Ward said. "He knows the difference between testosterone and B-12 and lidocaine. What he injected into Roger Clemens was not lidocaine or B-12. It was testosterone." -- 1.4.08, New York Daily News

BDD is a feature of Boston.com. All posts are by Steve Silva unless otherwise indicated.

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