Originally written on Full Spectrum Baseball  |  Last updated 11/20/14
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On Tuesday, Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens sat 20 feet apart, something that probably hasn’t happened since “Cotton Eye Joe” was a staple at Yankee Stadium. Pettitte was on the witness stand. Clemens was at the defense table. Eye contact was nowhere to be found. What was the topic du jour? A remark about human growth hormone Pettitte recalled hearing from his longtime teammate, friend and workout partner a dozen years ago.

“Roger had mentioned to me that he had taken HGH,” Pettitte testified. “And that it could help with recovery, and that’s really all I remember about the conversation.” Pettitte went on to acknowledge that the words were said in passing during an intense workout. Nonetheless, they had a pretty significant impact. For those of you who don’t know, this is the conversation that Clemens famously claims that Pettitte “misremembers.”

Pettitte’s appearance enlivened the proceedings and came without warning. Let’s face it. If he were to be called while on the Yankees roster, it would be a public relations disaster. As a Trenton Thunder? Not so much.

Wearing a gray suit, Pettitte walked into court a day after allowing six runs and 10 hits with eight strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings in an extended spring training game in Clearwater, Florida. Testifying mostly with his hands clasped in front of him and rarely looking at Clemens, the Clemens/Pettitte break is starting to look like Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie after “The Simple Life” fall out. Despite the discord, Pettitte found it tough to testify. He still considers Clemens a good friend. He’s apparently the Paris Hilton of the couple.

Today, Pettitte testified that both players valued Brian McNamee’s skills and the intense training sessions he developed for them. As per Pettitte’s testimony, it was in one of those training sessions (circa 1999 or 2000) where Clemens told him that he used HGH. In reality, there wasn’t much more he’d be allowed to say based on restrictions placed on a potential McNamee mention.

Even though Judge Walton pulled most of the testimony’s teeth, Pettitte is still expected to be a key part of the prosecution’s case. Yesterday, Pettitte said that initially he did not know about HGH and said he became interested after his injury in 2002. Pettitte told the jury that in 2004 after becoming injured again, he took HGH to help him recover from a torn tendon.

Even though Clemens allegedly educated Pettitte about HGH, Pettitte testified that Clemens story began to change around the time of the congressional hearings. “I knew I was very approachable by the media …” Pettitte told the court. He asked how should he address the situation if he were asked about Clemens and HGH. Pettitte went on to say, “[Clemens] said what you are talking about. I didn’t tell you that … My wife Debbie used it.”

If you are looking for the “Say it Ain’t So, Joe” moment in this trial, Pettitte is not going to provide it. Based on Andy Pettitte’s well-known Christian ethic and background, I don’t see him lying to the court anytime soon. Nevertheless, I fear he’s loyal to a fault. He’s loyal to a man essentially threw his wife and his best friend under the bus. Really? When asked if he felt HGH had any impact on Clemens’ Cy Young awards and numerous accolades, Pettitte actually said no. Boy. I wonder how loyal Clemens will be when Pettitte’s testimony continues tomorrow.

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