If prosecutors want to go after Clemens, they will be hard pressed to get a jury to believe McNamee, who effectively admitted that he does not handle the truth very well. Information provided by Clemens’ former teammate Andy Pettitte about conversations they had concerning HGH use was not helpful, but it is hardly the type of clear contradiction needed for a perjury investigation, especially when one of the discussions took place nearly ten years ago. Clemens could not bring himself to call Pettitte a liar, but he did dispute his friend’s memory of the conversations, throwing up enough dust to make it hard to figure exactly what was said. While the syringes and other items produced by McNamee could well link Clemens to HGH and steroids, issues about chain of custody and McNamee’s veracity in recounting why he held on to such materials don’t make this anything like a smoking gun, or even one a little bit warm.
When Team Israel at the 2017 World Baseball Classic 's outfielder Cody Decker brought the team's mascot, "Mensch on the Bench", a five-foot-tall stuffed toy that looks a bit like a rabbi or Hasidic Jew, with him to Asia from the United States for the WBC, Decker said, "He’s a mascot, he’s a friend, he’s a teammate, he’s a borderline deity to our team.... He brings a lot to the table.... Every team needs their Jobu . He was ours. He had his own locker, and we even gave him offerings: Manischewitz , gelt , and gefilte fish ... He is everywhere and nowhere all at once. His actual location is irrelevant because he exists in higher metaphysical planes. But he’s always near."