Jeter, Girardi react to Clemens' not guilty verdict

Jeter, Girardi react to Clemens' not guilty verdict

Jeter, Girardi react to Clemens' not guilty verdict
NEW YORK -- Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said that he was "happy" for former teammate Roger Clemens, who was found not guilty on all charges in his federal perjury trial on Monday.

"I think it's good for baseball that it's over with," Jeter said. "We can stop talking about it. I'm happy that everything turned out well for him."

Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte said, "I don't even care to talk about that," when asked about the verdict following New York's 6-2 win over the Braves. Pettitte testified at the trial in Washington in May.

Manager Joe Girardi echoed similar thoughts to Jeter's, saying that the resolution is positive for baseball.

"Now I think we can focus on the game at hand," Girardi said. "It seems like there's a lot of focus on the trial, and it takes people away from being at the game. We can move on."

Jeter said that he had exchanged text messages with Clemens during the process, but they did not speak specifically about the trial. Clemens and Jeter were teammates for six seasons in New York -- from 1999-2003 and again in '07.

"I think [the verdict] means a lot for him, first and foremost," Jeter said. "That's the important thing. I think it's great for the game that we can stop talking about it now, you know what I mean?


"This is something that's been going on for a long time. I'm glad it's over with. I'm pretty sure baseball fans will be happy it's over with."

Girardi said that he hopes the closure of the trial will help the sport focus on the future.

"I think when we get all trials out of the way, I think it does [end the discussion]," Girardi said. "Because it seems like every time someone was brought up before a grand jury, put on trial, you'd focus on what was going on the last 10, 15 years. Now it seems like we're beyond. We can focus on what's going to go on the next 10 years."

Jeter said that he could not know how the trial will affect Clemens' Hall of Fame chances. Clemens' first year of eligibility for enshrinement in Cooperstown, N.Y., will be 2013.

"Like I've always said, you really have to be careful [not] to rush to judgment," Jeter said. "I'm happy for Roger."