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Wells returns to Bronx on perfect game anniversary

Wells returns to Bronx on perfect game anniversary
NEW YORK (AP) - "Eli!" David Wells yelled when he ran into Roger Clemens at singer Toby Keith's charity golf event last year.

That's what Clemens used to jokingly call his former Yankees teammate over the tall tales Wells would spin - as in, "He-lie." Wells enjoyed throwing the name back at Clemens after the veracity of his career accomplishments were thrown into doubt by allegations of performance-enhancing drug use.

Clemens was once the disciplined, hardworking counterpoint to Wells' wide-waisted, hard-partying persona. Back at Yankee Stadium on Sunday as an analyst for TBS on the anniversary of his 1998 perfect game, Wells now seems to boast a credibility many of his contemporaries lack.

At a news conference before the Yankees' 3-2 extra-inning win over Minnesota, Wells suggested that if baseball really wanted to stop performance-enhancing drug use, it should ban offenders for life. Cheats shouldn't be allowed into the Hall of Fame, either, he said.

And the three home runs Alex Rodriguez hit off Wells while with the Texas Rangers, when the slugger admits now to using steroids? Wells believes they should be removed from the record books - not that he thinks it will happen.

"I'm fine with that, too," Wells said.

On Clemens, he said, "I don't want to criticize too quickly, but with the facts we have in hand, it doesn't look good for him."

"He's in a mess," Wells added. "When you've got Congress and the feds down your back, that's crazy."

When Wells threw that perfect game 11 years ago - coincidentally, against the Twins - the Yankees were in the midst of four World Series titles in five years. He senses a different, more corporate vibe from these current Yankees.

"From the outside looking in, there's lots of chaos," Wells told The Associated Press on Sunday morning.

Part of it is a sign of the times: the constant shadow of steroids.

"Back in '98 the team had unity. It was all about unity," he said. "On the road, we'd go out all the time. On the field we had a blast." If there was a potential distraction, "We'd nip it in the bud right away."

Players joked around in the dugout, in the clubhouse.

"I don't see that now," Wells said. "Now it's more of a business-type thing."

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