Jason Grimsley Rumors
Remember when the L.A. Times got a peek at the Grimsley affidavit? They named Andy Pettitte, Miguel Tejada, Brian Roberts, Jay Gibbons, David Segui, and Roger Clemens. Now the affidavit has been completely unsealed, and the real names are a bit different.
I guess it's not a huge deal, since all six of these guys have been implicated independently. But U.S. District Court Judge Edward Voss was not amused with the "irresponsible reporting." The real Grimsley affidavit links a few new names to performance-enhancers, but there's nothing earth-shattering.
Remember all that Jason Grimsley stuff from way back in June? L.A. Times reporters Lance Pugmire and Tim Brown got a glance at an unredacted version of Grimsley's affidavit, and all the names within were made public in this article.
Here are the infamous six:
In addition, Albert Pujols's trainer, Chris Mihlfeld, has apparently been cleared. The trainer in question turned out to be former Yankees and Blue Jays strength coach Dr. Brian McNamee. According to the article, McNamee works with Clemens and Pettitte. It had previously been reported on Deadspin (at about an 80% confidence level) that Mihlfeld was the trainer named in the affidavit.
It appears that McNamee once wrote a response column in the New York Times sometime in 2002 to refute Steve Kettman's allegation of widespread steroid use in baseball. I'll try to find that one, but in the meantime you can read this. McNamee was named on page 14 of Grimsley's affidavit as a person who once referred Grimsley to an amphetamine source. Kettman is an author and former sportswriter for the San Francisco Chronicle and was the ghostwriter of Jose Canseco's Juiced.
You can read a little bit about Brian McNamee's "Navy SEAL workouts" here and here. Aside from Clemens and Pettitte, Ted Lilly and some other pitchers from the 2001 Yankees participated in McNamee's rigorous workouts. At this link, McNamee is interviewed and repeatedly hawks a multi-vitamin called InVite. Finally, the New York Daily News adds to the info about McNamee, mentioning that he was questioned in connection with a possible sexual assault in 2001.
Dan Connolly and Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun already have reactions from Tejada and Gibbons in the Sunday edition of the Baltimore Sun.
Gibbons, back when Alex Sanchez became the first steroid bust back in April of 2005:
"We're not messing around now. Just the public perception that every time he goes to the plate, people will say he's a cheater. You knew it was going to happen, you knew they would catch somebody."
I was recently directed to a previously unpublished Jason Grimsley interview from 2004. It mostly focuses on Grimsley's guitar preferences, but it also reveals some more of Grimsley's friends within baseball. Just in case you're not sick of this story yet.
I thought I would play my part in the Jason Grimsley extravaganza by digging up some useful, exclusive info. Sadly, that didn't happen. Instead, I found the following innocuous facts:
1. One of Grimsley's best friends is former Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti. Tremonti created the band Alter Bridge after Creed's singer left. There's a funny story about Grimsley when he was a Yankee where Joe Torre yelled at Grimsley for throwing batting practice to Tremonti and other band members even though he was still on the DL. Tremonti's agent denied an interview request; Alter Bridge is currently on tour in Europe.
2. A Cessna airplane once crashed into Grimsley's home in Overland Park, a Kansas City suburb. Five were killed in the crash but Grimsley's wife and kids were unharmed.
3. Grimsley only has nine toes because of a motorcycle accident from his youth.
4. He was a player's union representative back in 2003, and some of his comments drew the ire of fans.
5. A couple of his friends in baseball besides Chuck Knoblauch include current D-Rays reliever Shawn Camp and retired reliever Curt Leskanic. Leskanic may be named in the document; he has admitted to employing at least one unfair advantage. For what it's worth, one blogger thought Leskanic resembled a steroid user as a Red Sox back in 2004.
Deadspin, which accurately broke the Matt Lawton steroid story, has a reliable source with some exclusive info about Jason Grimsley's affidavit. Basically, Albert Pujols's trainer is mentioned as a referrer for amphetamines. May mean nothing, but it would certainly result in a ton of scrutiny for Pujols. Read up at Deadspin.
Well the hot story right now is obviously Jason Grimsley's naming of names. If you don't feel like reading Grimsley's entire affadavit, just check out page 13. It's one of the more interesting pages, wherein Grimsley states that a certain steroid user was "very obvious and had the worst back acne he'd ever seen."
I decided to do some detective work by Googling various players' names in conjuction with "back acne." (Can you tell I was bored?) Anyway, yes, I did find many Sammy/Barry references, but I also ran into this. It's a surreal, fascinating story about Juan Gonzalez from Jeff Sullivan, and yes, back acne and baby oil make an appearance.
Given the success of that detective work, I proceeded to flip through all of Grimsley's former teammates. I then compiled a list of players who probably did not use steroids, because I figured that would be easier than picking out the ones who did. Here you go:
Randy Velarde (wait, scratch that)
Chuck McElroy (the glasses gave him super powers anyway)
Calvin Pickering (couldn't possibly get any bigger)
It's safe to assume that anyone not on this list used steroids.