So we've finally learned the names mentioned in Jason Grimsley's redacted affidavit: Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Miguel Tejada, Brian Roberts, and Jay Gibbons. And the principles are, predictably, coming back swinging.
Clemens: I just think it's incredibly dangerous to sit out there and just throw names out there. I haven't seen [the report], nor do I need to see it. For the people involved it is very dangerous and malicious and reckless on the part of somebody ... to put something out there with somebody else's writing on it.
Pettitte: I played with Grimsley for a couple of years in New York and had a great relationship with him. I've never used any drugs to enhance my performance in baseball. I don't know what else to say except to say it's embarrassing my name would be out there.
Tejada: What can I do? I spent one morning last year with Grimsley. I mean, I already got thrown under the bus with Palmeiro. No, I don't worry about that.
The fact that Tejada was mentioned by both Palmiero and Grimsley is a bit perplexing. And Clemens is a prime candidate for suspicion -- he's a 44-year old power pitcher who has an otherworldly 2.30 ERA despite being nearly as old as Julio Franco. But the mention of Pettitte just seems odd.
Regardless, I doubt anything more will come of their mentions, especially since it's been months since the initial report was leaked and we've yet to hear anything about further action. Still, it's nice to finally have the names, because the Court of Public Opinion is never closed for business.