By now, most of you have read that Roger Clemens is leaning “80-20” toward retiring. He says he doesn’t want to play, which suggests that actually he’s leaning more “100-0” toward not playing next year. That is if Roger didn’t believe that it is his role to save franchises in dire need:
“The teams that are involved, I think they’ve got really good clubs that are together, and if somebody stubs their toe and my phone rings in May, I might have to think about it,” Clemens said.
Roger would only think about returning if there were a real need for him. Say the Yanks find themselves five game back of the Sox in June, does Carl Pavano suddenly go on the disabled list with a season-ending injury? Interviews with him suspiciously denied, his whereabouts unknown. What if the situation is reversed and the Sox are falling far behind? Does Josh Beckett conveniently come down with blisters on all of his fingers? Is he sent far away to a blister specialist in the Andes? How far would either team go to get Clemens back? Would Cashman put his hand in a tub full of venomous snakes? Would Theo shave the Yankees insignia on the side of his head? Is it time to give up on the idea of Roger coming to either team? I’m 80% certain it isn’t.