10:57 PM CDT, June 19, 2012
It might take several years — if ever — for many baseball fans to find Roger Clemens innocent in the court of public opinion.
But Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano says he is pleased a jury cleared Clemens of perjury charges related to accusations that he took steroids as a pitcher.
"I played with him (on the Yankees 1999-2003) and he treated me very well . … I am very happy for him that he is not guilty," Soriano told me. "I was a little scared for him (during the trial), but he is a nice guy. He was battling and fighting every day for like two or three years."
Clemens' fate among Hall of Fame voters, including yours truly, remains to be determined.
For the yell of it: Jake Peavy is renowned for his competitive nature and demonstrative actions on the mound.
The veteran White Sox starter was seen yelling at himself on the mound when the Cubs scored twice in the third inning after third baseman Orlando Hudson's error, a Tony Campana infield single, a wild pitch and David DeJesus' two-run single.
"He's definitely confident," Sox catcher Tyler Flowers said. "I wasn't around him for the beginning of his career, but he has always been confident. That's the only way you can stay in this league and be competitive.
"The first time I caught him I thought I was doing something wrong when he starts yelling and stuff," Flowers said. "He doesn't like giving up hits. That's why you see him doing so well."
Windy city: While the wind gusted up to 41 mph in Monday night's series-opener that saw the Cubs hit five homers, no home runs were hit Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field with a 15 mph swirling breeze.
"The worst thing you can do as a hitter is try to get balls up (in the air). It just doesn't happen when you try," said Paul Konerko, who hit his 13th homer of the season on Monday. "You pay more attention to the wind when you are on defense because you want to make sure you're in the right place and don't give up on something you shouldn't."
Crew of good cheer: The umpiring crew that worked the Cubs-Sox game Tuesday night — Dale Scott, Bill Miller, CB Bucknor and Dan Iassogna — visited the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital earlier Monday. The event was made possible by UMPS CARE Charities, a non-profit organization MLB umpires founded to assist at-risk youth and children coping with serious illness.
Signing bonus: Dick Allen and Rich "Goose" Gossage are scheduled to sign autographs Sunday as part of the Chicago Baseball Museum tribute to the 1972 White Sox.
Allen and Gossage will be joined by Hank Allen, Bart Johnson and Jay Johnstone, as well as former general manager Roland Hemond, at 6 p.m. at 94 West Steak and Seafood, 15410 S. 94th Ave., Orland Park.
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