Joe Torre on Roger Clemens: 'It's sad'

Updated: August 20, 2010, 7:06 PM ET
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Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre told the New York Post he felt sadness after learning former pitcher Roger Clemens was indicted for perjury on Thursday for allegedly lying to Congress.

"Sadness. Sadness. I mean, if Roger was impersonal to me, where I'd never gotten to know him, I'd say, 'That's what you get.' You know?" Torre told the paper. "But knowing him personally and feeling close to him, it's sad. It certainly is, and I don't know anything else I can say about it."

Torre, who managed Clemens from 1999-2003 and again in 2007, also told the Post that Thursday's events didn't come as much of a surprise to him after witnessing the seven-time Cy Young winner's testimony in February of 2008.

"We all saw him sitting there in front of Congress, and it didn't go away, so you knew it was going somewhere at that point in time," he said.

Clemens had been prominently mentioned in the Mitchell report, Major League Baseball's own accounting of its steroid problem, and he went to Capitol Hill on his own to clear his name in 2008.

"Let me be clear," he told lawmakers. "I have never taken steroids or HGH."

What once seemed to be a he-said vs. he-said dispute between Clemens and his former trainer, Brian McNamee, once the Yankees' strength and conditioning coach, escalated into a federal case.

Clemens and McNamee testified under oath at the 2008 hearing before a House committee and contradicted each other about whether the pitcher had used PEDs. The grand jury heard testimony from McNamee, who gave federal authorities syringes he said were used to inject Clemens with drugs.

McNamee has said he injected Clemens more than a dozen times with steroids and HGH from 1998 to 2001. Clemens says McNamee was lying.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report

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