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September 11, 2012

There's No I in Clemens: "I can tell you right now -- and they would know, too -- that if I was going to go do it, I am going to pitch against a contender, that's who I want to knock out. Why would I want to waste my time running around and getting in shape. I get over to Minute Maid, I'll crank it up and get it over 90 for a contender. We'll knock them right out of the playoffs. That would be the fun. Pitching against somebody that's not in contention wouldn't be any fun for me."

posted by rcade to baseball at 09:27 PM - 12 comments

It makes sense. Clemens has nothing left to prove; if he comes back, he's doing it for the thrill of it. Why take a job when you don't have to if it doesn't interest you?

posted by dfleming at 09:42 PM on September 11

I thought he was coming back for the resets-his-HOF-clock of it.

posted by feloniousmonk at 10:55 PM on September 11

Bonds skills were a heck of a lot better than Clemens are today and there were no takers. Why would anyone want Clemens on their roster?

posted by cixelsyd at 11:09 PM on September 11

What a fucking weasel move. He knows they would only send him out against a non-contender, so he says he only wants to pitch against a contender. That way it seems like they just couldn't get the schedule to work out, not that he sucks. If he knew they'd only start him against a contender, he'd say "I don't want to ruin anyone's season, so I only want to pitch when it won't affect the pennant race." Weaselly bastard.

posted by Rock Steady at 11:47 PM on September 11

Why would anyone want Clemens on their roster?

PR. The Astros aren't exactly world-beaters today and it would provide a little at the ticket window in lieu of a competitive squad.

posted by dfleming at 06:50 AM on September 12

What feloniousmonk said!

"There's No I in Clemens"?????? Bullspit!!! I'm sure rcade was being ironic with his title--Clemens uses the first-person pronoun eight times just in the quotation cited.

And the sad thing is that he would have had it, too, (like Bonds) if only his ego (and/or maybe his greed) hadn't gotten in the way.

posted by billinnagoya at 09:33 AM on September 12

There's No I in Clemens

But there is an M and an E.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 09:49 AM on September 12

PR

Really?

People in Houston would be more interested in shelling out money to see a doping has-been than they are to watch young prospects in their own organization? That is sad.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:19 AM on September 12

People in Houston would be more interested in shelling out money to see a doping has-been than they are to watch young prospects in their own organization?

It's the American way. If you're going to stage a train wreck, why not try to make a little money off it?

posted by NerfballPro at 01:26 PM on September 12

People in Houston would be more interested in shelling out money to see a doping has-been than they are to watch young prospects in their own organization? That is sad.

People in Houston aren't (in general) interested in shelling out money to see ANYTHING this franchise is doing.

Houston is last in attendance in the NL.
They average about 5,000 less than the next worst team in NL attendance.
People aren't coming out for what they are showing right now, so they have to do SOMETHING to get people interested again.

Sidenote: Two teams currently in the playoff hunt in the AL (Oakland and Tampa) have worse attendance numbers than Houston.
That's fucked up.

posted by grum@work at 01:54 PM on September 12

If you're going to stage a train wreck, why not try to make a little money off it?

I miss the old train wreck photo.

posted by dyams at 04:12 PM on September 12

There's no "I" in asshole, either.

posted by wfrazerjr at 04:49 PM on September 13

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