Roger Clemens, To Be Or Not to B12
Roger Clemens still has a thing for vitamin B12.
The legendary (and embattled) pitcher loaded up on B12 -- in the form of a big beef sandwich -- the night before his first day of meetings this week with members of Congress who are investigating drug use in Major League Baseball. On Tuesday night, Clemens and his legal and public relations team headed to the Old Ebbitt Grill, where "the Rocket" inhaled the restaurant's braised wagyu beef sandwich, according to eyewitnesses.
Clemens had just flown in from Houston with his lead attorney, Rusty Hardin, who told reporters this week that allegations by Clemens' former trainer that he routinely injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone are "the second edition of the Duke case." In other words, he said, "a fabricated story." (Clemens has admitted only to taking injections of the painkiller lidocaine and vitamin B12, which may explain the beef sandwich.)
The Rocket and Hardin were joined at Old Ebbitt by Clemens' Washington counsel, Lanny Breuer, and public relations guru Patrick Dorton -- a relaxing strategy session in advance of two days of face-to-face meetings with lawmakers. Besides trying to clear his name with members of Congress, Clemens also signed his fair share of autographs -- including on baseballs -- for Capitol Hill police officers, congressional staffers and kids on the street.
Clemens, whose career is in limbo after returning to the New York Yankees last season from a 38-game winning streak with the Houston Astros, will be back in Washington for more next week. He's scheduled to testify under oath at a public hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, along with Yankees pitcher and fellow Houston resident Andy Pettitte, who has admitted taking HGH injections.
When he's not lobbying Congress, signing autographs for local fans or chowing down on beef sandwiches, we hear Clemens is staying in shape by working out at his Washington, D.C. hotel gym.
Which hotel? Sorry, our source won't say. All we're told is that Clemens is making use of the hotel gym's treadmill.
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