No, for real this time …

Apparently Newsday was so good, they scooped even Clemens’ agent and the team he signed with:

HOUSTON — Roger Clemens is coming out of retirement for the third time, agreeing to a $22 million contract to pitch for the Houston Astros for the rest of 2006.

The 43-year-old Clemens, who will be entering his 23rd major league season, is agreeing first to a minor league contract that pays $322,000 over the five-month minor league season, and his first start is likely to be June 6 at Lexington, Ky., the Class A team where his oldest son, Koby, plays.

If all goes well, his second minor-league start would be June 11 at Double-A Corpus Christi, Texas, followed by a start June 16 at Triple-A Round Rock, Texas.

Clemens announced his return Wednesday at a news conference.

I find it hard to believe that the Hendrivks brothers and the Astros’ GM had no idea a deal was about to be done when they issued those ridiculous denials, both of which were along the lines of: "I’ve never heard anything like that, and don’t you think I would know?" I have a word for people who lie to journalists, but it’s not very nice.

3 comments… add one
  • I guess I’ll start this one; at least the Rocket is not going to Beantown. That would have ruined my day.

    bloodyank78 May 31, 2006, 2:56 pm
  • He very likely would have had Drayton not ponied up serious cash. But once the Astros redeemed themselves financially, I knew it was over.

    Craig May 31, 2006, 3:03 pm
  • He’s still not going to get any run support.

    Nate May 31, 2006, 6:16 pm

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