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January 12, 2004

Clemens un-retires.: The Astros have signed him to a 1-year deal.

posted by rocketman to baseball at 11:08 AM - 22 comments

No chance the NL Central is playing the AL East again this year in Interleague, is there?

posted by yerfatma at 11:12 AM on January 12

That's a shame. He left on a pretty damn good note (cheers from Red Sox fans and Yankee fans) and now he MIGHT tarnish it with another season. Still, the chance for Clemens to face Bonds (and PIAZZA!) and for him to have a match-up against Mark Prior (the "next Roger Clemens") should make for good TV.

posted by grum@work at 11:21 AM on January 12

If Clemens told me today was Monday, I'd still consult a calendar.

posted by jerseygirl at 11:31 AM on January 12

Wow. Between Clemens, Wells, Pettitte, and Zimmer, there's a lot of people choosing to desert the Yankees this off-season. What went on in that clubhouse last year?

posted by rcade at 11:43 AM on January 12

Steinbrenner.

posted by jerseygirl at 11:44 AM on January 12

He's a publicity whore anyway. Not nearly as bad as Mr. Rose, but I agree with Jerseygirl. Anything to further himself. Of course he's still a good pitcher, but still. Anyone want to bet on his line in '04? I vote for 12-6, 3.50 era, 150 k in 150 innings.

posted by shigpit at 11:55 AM on January 12

I hope his fucking arm falls off. And I hope he is in the box with Piazza behind the plate and Piazza accidentally slips and hits him in the head on a return toss. What a lying selfish prick. Not that I even wanted him back anyway, but that's ridiculous, to say that all along and then take it all back like that. I guess Sox fans and Yankee fans have something in common now! (this was perhaps an exaggeration, but I dislike this immensely, even though I kinda like the Astros. I hate when a player sticks around for too long and ruins a damn good exit when he was supposed to retire)

posted by Bernreuther at 12:51 PM on January 12

woo! Clemens continues to tour the MLB and pissing off fans of the teams he leaves!

posted by gspm at 01:02 PM on January 12

I wonder if Clemens remembers that there is no DH in the NL. Dragging his fat ass to the plate 3-4 times a game, LOL.

posted by billsaysthis at 01:03 PM on January 12

woo! Clemens continues to tour the MLB and pissing off fans of the teams he leaves! It's funny because it's true.

posted by jerseygirl at 01:19 PM on January 12

I think this is great.
Clemens having to BAT, I mean. If he ever pitches against the Mets -- and what are the odds of that? -- that's must-see-TV, right there. I'd set the over-under on Roger's ducks per at-bat at about three.

posted by jeffmshaw at 02:08 PM on January 12

I never believed he was done.

posted by vito90 at 03:17 PM on January 12

Clemens is a knob.

posted by wfrazerjr at 03:25 PM on January 12

I'm shocked. Shocked!

posted by forksclovetofu at 03:51 PM on January 12

So, does this mean we have to add the Astros to the debate over how Clemens will enter the Hall of Fame (a la Wade Boggs)?

posted by trox at 04:09 PM on January 12


Clemens.

posted by lilnemo at 05:09 PM on January 12

My favorite headline came from the backpage of the NYPost today. "What an Asstro!"

posted by jerseygirl at 03:37 PM on January 13

Yeah, you have to love the tabloids: TRAITOR! TEXAS TWO-FACE WHAT AN ASSTRO! Roger the rat Roger that, Houston! Well, OK, Newsday doesn't really have the knack...

posted by staggernation at 04:07 PM on January 13

He's just a child in a man's body (who happens to have a great arm). Nothing he does surprises me anymore.

posted by justgary at 09:41 PM on January 13

Okay, okay, okay... Why exactly is everyone mad at Roger? For the Yankee fans, I get that he said he was going to retire and now changed his mind. For Boston, I get that you ran him out of town and he ended up with the hated rival... but exactly what about un-retiring makes him a prick, a whore, a child or a knob? He's pitched a long time and done very well for himself and every team he's been on. There is no reason to suspect he needs the money and no reason to think he needs to add any numbers to his career tally. This stinks of (gasp!) wanting to play one more year with a friend, at home, in a situation he's thought about in the back of his mind for twenty years. What a selfish, prickly, publicity-starved, child-knob! PS - I hope everyone in the NL pitches him high and tight. I don't like the guy afterall, but I'm having trouble determining why I should add this to the reasons why.

posted by 86 at 08:23 AM on January 14

I'm a Toronto fan. Our team gave him a chance to revive his career after a couple of sub-par seasons and then after he pitched two glorious years in a row, he demanded to be traded to New York. To accomodate the trade, the Jays got David Wells back (ugh) and not much else. I think that's a good enough reason to hate him. I DON'T hate him, but that would be a good reason. That said, I'm too busy laughing at the New York fans and their management for not offering arbitration.

posted by grum@work at 08:43 AM on January 14

Why exactly is everyone mad at Roger? I'm not mad at roger, and I won't bore you with all the reasons behind my opinions of him (I've done so many times on spofi), I'm just saying that nothing he does surprises me. If he says he's going to sign for a winner, don't believe him. If he says he's going to pitch closer to home, don't believe him. If he say's he's going to retire, don't believe him. If he says the sun is shining, don't believe him. Great player, ego driven child inside who has trouble matching his actions with his words. This stinks of (gasp!) wanting to play one more year with a friend, at home, in a situation he's thought about in the back of his mind for twenty years. What a selfish, prickly, publicity-starved, child-knob! No, it stinks of going back on your word (gasp!). And a huge ego, but that's another story. Which is fine. Let him play another year, at home, with a friend. Just remember he's never been able to follow his own words his entire career. I think the dirtdogs said it best. Cheatin' and Lyin' in Houston: Pettitte and Clemens together again. For Boston, I get that you ran him out of town and he ended up with the hated rival I don't mean this in a snarky way at all, but if you believe that's what actually happened, you weren't paying attention. The redsox made mistakes, but remember, they were dealing with a child in man's body.

posted by justgary at 12:50 PM on January 16

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