Friday, April 21, 2006

Rocket's Red Return?

According to Boston Dirt Dogs, the Red Sox may now be the frontrunner in the Roger Clemens sweepstakes. Clemens reportedly said Wednesday he'd like to put No. 21 on his back and finish his career where he started. The Yankees are supposedly his second choice even though owner George Steinbrenner hasn't yet made Roger an offer; however, Roger expects him to at some point. The Astros may have moved up to Roger's third choice while the Texas Rangers, who made a great presentation, are not generating any real excitement in the Clemens camp. According to, Clemens said that physically, his body feels pretty good, and that his arm is "not too far away" after working out with son Koby, an Astros prospect playing at Class A Lexington, for five days recently.

While it is early, and there is a whole of of baseball to play, it is exciting to think about the potential. Who knows what will pan out, and perhaps the Rocket will return. Just think, and esp. considering the way the Mets are playing.... he may be back in time to make up for Buckner's blunder in `86 come October!


Blogger Victor said...

Mets vs Sox 20 years laters? A little optimistic there but it would be nice. Think though its the Mets staff that might need the Rocket the most.

4:01 PM  
Blogger CTYouksFan20 said...

I hope to see Clemens back in a Sox uniform. He started his career as a member of the Sox and should retire as one. I have always been a Rocket fan, except for those awful years when he was in New York and I rooted for him last year in the World Series.

The Rocket winning a World Series in Beantown would be the perfect ending to his career and the BoSox fans would love him forever.

BTW, this is a great blog. I'm another huge Sox fan from CT and usually go by CTSoxFan, but when I saw this blog I changed my name. I'll be reading

6:11 PM  
Blogger tomfoolery1978 said...

Just to play devil's advocate, do we really want someone his age coming back? I mean, yeah he's a legend, but does he still have what it takes? Playing catch with his A-League son is one thing, but having to wreck the Yanks and possibly Mets (sorry Baldwin) is something else entirely. If it's not broke, why try to fix it? Then again, if he still has it, better the Sox get him than the Yankees.

7:01 PM  
Blogger CTSoxFan said...

I think he still has it, but I think its worth a shot. I don't think he can be worse than Boomer.

8:59 PM  
Blogger The Couch Potato said...

I don't know that Clemens really has some romantic notion of finishing where he started. I think this is a marketing ploy on his and his agent's part. Does anyone really think he's forgotten the "Where is Roger? In the shower" chant. I don't - his ego is far too big.

I've watched his career from the beginning and, accomplishments notwithstanding, he's always been about himself first and money a very, very close second. If the Sox make an offer, Steinbrenner will almost certainly exceed it and I'm betting that Clemens goes to the Yankees, especially if they're in the hunt for the division title.

And face it, DiNardo is only a short term solution. If Wells does have to retire, the Sox will be better served going after a lefty starter than another right-handed power pitcher.

7:43 AM  
Blogger The Couch Potato said...

PS - great blog, btw..adding link to my site now!

7:45 AM  
Blogger Victor said...

I don't know if anyone has questioned the moral side of what Clemen's is doing. I understand he is a competitor but to sit back and wait for what appears to be a strong team to emerge so he can take one last ride into the playoff's (and get some 5-10mm)seems a little unfair to the pitcher he will be replacing. Or I could just be upset that he isn't looking at the Mets

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Baldwin, what do you mean "moral"? He's an professional athlete - he wants $ and/or to win a championship. That's pretty much all.

10:53 AM  
Blogger Victor said...

yeah moral isn't the correct word. Just trying to bring some criticism upon him as I feel he is simply waiting back to pick the "leading team" come july

1:59 PM  
Blogger tomfoolery1978 said...

I'll buy that.

2:40 PM  
Blogger CTYouksFan20 said...

I was never exactly sure on this, but could Clemens have signed with anyone other than Houston at any time? Was the wait really necessary or was he waiting only to see what Houston offered him?

8:24 PM  
Blogger tomfoolery1978 said...

Check this article:

Apparently, he could sign with anyone, but he can't sign with Houston until May 1 because they did not offer him arbitration.

By the way, the article also goes into saying how Clemens is probably looking to see how the teams are doing come June or so. Why go out on a losing season?

10:05 AM  
Blogger tomfoolery1978 said...

Add 66.html to that email link in the last posting. For some reason, it didn't all copy over.

10:06 AM  
Blogger Victor said...

Either way I'd rather have Pedro

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Danimal said...

I leave for a few days and look what happens.
Clemens is looking out for only one person in this whole thing - himself. He is going to look at the best situation come May 15th and pick that team. Tom Hicks was stupid enough to have Roger come to Opening Day down in Texas and what did Roger do? Spent all morning in the Red Sox locker room talking to Theo and The Trio. So to say that Roger is concerned about how he looks is garbage. If he was concerned about his appearance he would've never set foot in the Red Sox locker room while a guest of the Rangers.
That being said, RSN would welcome Roger back and a Bush-like revisionist history would be written about him in Boston. He would forever lose the "traitor" badge we gave him when he went to NY and lose the "choker" badge we affixed on him in 1986 when HE ASKED OUT of Game 6.
The Sox have Al Nipper going for them as well as a dominant 1-2 punch of Curt Schilling and Josh Beckett - two "Disciples of Roger." How about those arms at the head of your rotation going into a 5 - 7 game series?
Lets not kid ourselves though - if Roger comes back and isn't the Roger Clemens of the past few years - The Nation will NEVER forgive him. If he pulls up lame in a crucial game (IE last year's WS) he will be crucified.
Personally, I can think of nothing more poetic and dramatic than an August afternoon (August 19th if Westhaver is lucky) with #21 toeing the rubber at Fenway staring down the Yankees and buzzing the 1st pitch up past Johnny Damon's jaw.
That's not just great baseball - that's just plain GREAT.

11:54 AM  
Blogger Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

As magical a rematch of the '86 series would be for Red Sox fans seeking a bit of retribution, the way the Mets are playing this week as compared to last, they will not be meeting at the end of the road.

4:02 PM  
Blogger Victor said...

Mets are done


9:26 PM  
Blogger tomfoolery1978 said...

It's only April

6:52 AM  

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