Off the pitcher’s mound, Clemens’ curveball is sharper than ever. His smoke and mirror approach to steroid allegations is nothing short of media manipulation. The legendary pitcher seized the opportunity to use his testimony to frame himself as a victim in a Catch 22. His claim: He appears guilty if he fails to put up a fight, but castigated for an overzealous challenge of the charges. Meanwhile, his defense rests on ambiguity and vague ‘facts.’ If his story holds true, Andy Petit is either the most spiteful or the most confused man to walk the planet. But the batter isn’t swinging at this curveball. Waxman and company aren’t buying it and neither should the public — or MLB’s fan base. This is not the Shakespearian tragedy he’s crafted within the public eye. He’s just another overweight, overpaid ex-pro athlethe unwilling to admit he cut corners to get ahead in a game of dying American nostalgia. While the Mitchell Report is a detriment to one of our great pastimes, Clemens rhetorical propaganda is a detriment to the role model. Pitch us something we can believe.