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October 10, 2003

See ya Roger

I don't like Roger Clemens. I think he's disloyal, opportunist, and an egomaniac. I've rooted against him ever since he abandoned the Red Sox 'cause he thought he could win a World Series ring with another team.

Now Roger is returning to Fenway for what will, once again, be his final appearance there. Almost more than I hope we can win the whole thing, I hope this is what will happen:

We beat (embarass!!) Roger on Saturday, we go on to eliminate the Yankee is less than seven games, and thus Roger has lost his final playoff appearance, in the last start of his career, at Fenway. I would find some justice in that scenario.

There's another really ironic perspective on all this. If the fates allow, and we go on this year to win the whole thing. If Roger had remained loyal to Boston, he would now be ending his career as the respected senior member of the Red Sox, and he would be the leader of a pitching staff that finally ended the curse. That's the legacy that an honorable player would deserve.

Posted by jghiii at October 10, 2003 09:15 AM
Posted by: David Pinto on October 10, 2003 10:56 AM

I think your post has a couple of flaws. The Red Sox were just as happy to let Roger go as Roger was to go; don't blame it all on him. I think Duquette knew he could get Pedro in a year, and getting rid of Roger gave him that much more money to use to get Martinez. Secondly, your last paragraph is based on the assumption that Roger and Pedro would be on the team together; I don't think the Red Sox could have paid both. So either you have Roger for the end of his career and no Pedro, or Pedro for the peak of his career and no Roger. I think the Red Sox got the better of the deal.

Posted by: Steve on October 10, 2003 01:48 PM

Quick Impression of Red Sox Fans...."Wahhhhh Waaaahhh Waaahhhhh." You guys have one of the most dominant starters in the history of the sport yet choose to wallow in self pity ove the one who got away. Give me a break.

Posted by: sherman on October 10, 2003 03:36 PM

No, it's not whining. Given the preference, I'd certainly keep Pedro and toss the fat-assed one away. (A sports commentator once said that Clemons has a butt so big you could put a plate on it and eat from it.)

It's not self-pity -- it's anger at the betrayal. He played for Canadians, and then he started wearing pin stripes. Those actions require a response of anger, not self-pity.

It'd be like you got married and you like your new wife, but you still don't want your ex-girlfriend going out with your mortal enemy.

Roger should have retired. Or killed himself. I would have been happy with either.

Posted by: Bill on October 10, 2003 03:37 PM

"Boston has carried the practice of hypocrisy to the nth degree of refinement, grace and failure."
-- Lincoln Steffens

Posted by: sherman on October 10, 2003 04:34 PM

So I'm at an Athletics game -- Oakland vs. Seattle.

We're in the cheap seats, and there's more than a few Seattle fans around us, and ultimately a chant war starts up: "Go A's!" followed by "Go Mariners!" followed by -- well, you get the picture.

I'm silent -- I want them both to lose, but I want to be in on the chant. So I bide my time and eventually there's a lapse in the back and forth and I yell out: "Yankees Suck!" and there's a short silence and then this Oakland fan behind me yells "Yeah, I can get into that!" and below me from the Seattle contigent comes "Hell,yeah! Yankees suck!", and then there's an ongoing YANKEES SUCK cheer that goes on for a while.

Hating the Yankess equals world peace. Tribes at war come together in the communal and peaceful hatred of the evil empire.

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