With all the recent events going on in the Yankee world, the Respect Jeter's Gangster blog would like to give credit where credit is due, and gangster points where gangster points are due. Quite a few news items deserve gangster points. Here they are:
Pettitte Ain't no Rat
Andy Pettitte excused himself from the Congressional hearing that was going to occur on Wednesday. Presumably he would be testifying against Clemens. Knoblauch and Radomski also backed out, which leaves Clemens and McNamee going toe-to-toe. Pettitte learned the two most important things in life, never rat out your friends and always keep your mouth shut. (Can anyone tell me where that's from?)
Gangster Points: 4 Tommy Guns
Clemens Strong Denial
Despite all of McNamee's allegations, his evidence, and everything else, Clemens is sticking to his story. He's making friends in high positions, and has put together a team of lawyers that are so persuasive, members of congress will probably leave the hearing wearing "Rocket Fuel" T-shirts. This alone deserves some gangster points.
Gangster Points: 3 Racketeering Charges
Wang Going to Arbitration
Wang and the Yankees were $600,000 apart on their arbitration figures, and I'm assuming that an offer to meet in the middle was turned down by Wang. I gotta admit, I wouldn't have expected it from mild mannered Chien-Ming Wang. He wants his money, and he aims to get it.
Gangster Points: 9 tax evasion scandals, and some street cred.
Hughes Starting a Blog
Not gangster at all, but still cool. Thanks Phil Hughes.
Gangster Points: 1 Teletubbie hugging a Cabbage Patch kid.