"There's definitely been something that has been taken away [from fans], but there are steps being made and things being done to fix that," Grimsley told The Sun. "I hope the fans see that, I hope the public sees that, and I think the people in Major League Baseball offices and the people on Capitol Hill see the efforts that are being made to change things."

He added in reference to Palmeiro, "He's my teammate. I'll go to war with him any day."

According to Grimsley's affidavit, he had been using performance enhancers for years and had failed a 2003 drug test when he made those statements.

Grimsley was never a large presence in the Orioles' clubhouse as he pitched only 58 1/3 innings in his two seasons with the team.

He liked to take sound naps before batting practice, and if a reporter wanted a quote, the question had to be posed before he nodded off. Other times he'd take his electric guitar in the team's video room and jam.

Williams couldn't believe the news of Grimsley's troubles.

"To hear that about a guy you think you know pretty well, a guy who was out in the bullpen with you, these things shock you," he said.

Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo couldn't believe it either. He said he had a good relationship with the reliever and exclaimed, "Holy cow!" to his wife when he saw the news about Grimsley on television.

Perlozzo and his players said Grimsley's testimony about amphetamine use doesn't reflect the Orioles' clubhouse they know.

"It's hard to make an opinion about it because everybody does their own thing," Williams said. "Some guys drink Red Bull. Some guys, it used to be the Ripped Fuel. Some guys, it's coffee."

He said he had never seen coffee pots labeled "leaded" to indicate amphetamines and "unleaded" to indicate regular, as Grimsley described.

"He was probably just on the team that had that, because I've certainly never seen that," Williams said.

childs.walker@baltsun.com