An editorial from the Courant of Connecticut, about, yet again, Roger Clemens.....but so well said. Here you go! And thank you Hartford Courant......
Now Pitching ... Clemens
May 9, 2007
"Yankee fans see it as the bold stroke needed to put the Bombers back in the World Series.
Red Sox fans view it as an act of desperation by a faltering dynasty.
Fans of other American League teams - there apparently are such people, in pockets, here and there - may view it as the arrogance of the haves, the coddling of a superstar, whatever.
In short, the New York Yankees' signing of pitcher Roger Clemens is perfect fodder for baseball arguments. The burly Texan is perhaps the premier moundsman of the past two decades. We recall one evening in 1986 when our Red Sox writer had wrapped up his game story by the late innings, only to realize that Mr. Clemens was about to strike out his 20th Seattle Mariner.
That his services are still in demand a few months before his 45th birthday speaks to an almost freakish level of strength and endurance. Mr. Clemens was snubbed in 1996 by a Red Sox general manager who thought the hurler was in the twilight of his career. It has been a long and productive twilight: Mr. Clemens has won 156 games and four Cy Young awards since he left Boston.
Love him or hate him, and he inspires both emotions, Mr. Clemens remains a draw. Local fans remember that Mr. Clemens finished the 1983 minor league season with a handful of games for the New Britain Red Sox. He drew a good crowd, which has seemed to grow over the years. If Mr. Clemens faces the Red Sox this summer, who would miss it?"
Peter here, and that's a great question. I remember Rocket from his New Britain days. And we'll see him next month in pinstripes, won't we? And the Rocket will be ROCKED! Courtesy of our Boston Red Sox. But we'll have to wait. Tonight our Sox will try to baffle the Jays once again. NESN and NESN HD...pregame at 6pm EDT. Daisuke will try to avoid his "one inning" mayhem. And I hope he will! In fact, I'll come right out and say this.......HE WILL.