Manager Don Mattingly #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers talks to reporters in the dugout prior to the start of their MLB baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies on June 7, 2012 at Citizens Bank Park. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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CINCINNATI - If Don Mattingly ran for president, he'd have my vote. The Evansville, Ind. native, currently manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, has a grasp of reality that eludes most grand-standing politicians and headline grabbing federal prosecutors.
He is unloading on tax funded witch hunters in the wake of Roger Clemens acquittal of "all" charges related to performance enhancing drugs and alleged dishonest testimony before congress.
Mattingly told the AP that he considers the five-year congressional investigation into Clemens a ridiculous waste of money.
Hear, Hear Donnie Baseball! Mattingly played against Clemens for more than a decade when he was with the Yankees and Clemens was with their arch rivals, the Red Sox.
And congressmen are as culpable in abusing and misusing tax dollars in spurious snipe hunts as anyone. Case in point, Senator Dick Durban, a Democrat from Illinois, who wants a meeting with NFL Commissioner about bounties in the National Football League. Dead issue Dick: the grand-stands pulled out of town. Still he wants to meet with the commish and then hold a joint news conference, with the threat of congressional hearings always lurking in the shadows. All I hear is the meter running on the hard earned dollars we send to Washington which are continuously frittered away on such tripe.
Back to Mattingly, who in conclusion summed things up when he mentioned how many teachers around the country can't even afford to buy sufficient supplies, while the government spends money investigation superstar athletes such as Clemens, Barry Bonds and cyclist Lance Armstrong. Well done Donnie.
Final tally in those contests: Government 0 Athletes 3.
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