Rocket: The Last Straw? For me....YES!!!
I came across this article on this soon to be sun-splashed Sunday morning, from SI. Dated today! And as the title of this post says, if the following scenario comes to pass, that would be the last straw for Rocket Roger and me....read this, and I'll be back with a comment or six.
"While the Yankees continue their efforts to trade Randy Johnson -- Arizona still seems the most likely landing spot -- they are envisioning Roger Clemens as the one to replace Johnson, to the point where they hope to convince Clemens to move up his possible 2007 start date, sources said.
Baseball people say the Yankees seem determined to deal Johnson and hopeful to convince Clemens to not only come to New York but to begin the season much earlier than he did with Houston in 2006. If the Yankees are successful in trading Johnson, their need for Clemens to start sooner becomes much more vital. The Yankees were disappointed when Barry Zito went to the Giants for an eye-popping $126-million deal, but appear much more confident about their chances for Clemens.The word going around is that while Clemens loved the convenience of home, he also misses the drama of New York. And, whether they know it or not, the Yankees' efforts in trying to trade Johnson could enhance their chances to land Clemens. Beyond the fact that by trading Johnson they would free up dollars, word is that Clemens doesn't particularly like Johnson to the point where he might even prefer to go to Boston or stay in Houston if the Yankees fail to unload The Big Unit."
Peter here, and first of all, who DOES like RJ? But Roger Clemens as a player, a pitcher, hell, a HUMAN BEING will be dead to me if he were to don pinstripes once again. I think deep in my heart that this SI article completely misses out on Roger's frame of mind right now. I STILL think he'd like to finish his tremendous career in a blaze of glory, and that blaze would be colored by the splash of red on his Boston uniform. Until I hear to the contrary, I won't budge in those thoughts. Roger Clemens is either loved or hated by us Red Sox fans. We either can't stand him or we can't wait for every fifth day, his pitching day. But clearly he would make our 2007 Red Sox team, that team with soo much promise, immeasurably better. If he WERE to go to the "dark side," not only would it be huge for the Yankees, but it would finally make me see the light. And that light would illuminate a man who has been so good for so many years reduced to a money-hungry idiot who only wants to go back to New York, a club that doesn't even exist in his heart, just for the moolah, the bucks, the dollars. Not for the fans who still love him and who would stand and scream and clap their hands and show every emotion there is in this wonderful world of Red Sox baseball with his every pitch. It's up to you Roger. Do not go to the Yankees. PERIOD. CASE CLOSED. THE END.
Phew...thanks for reading. Me emotional? Damn right! Maybe that's why you like it here.