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Roger Clemens Should be Ashamed of Himself

I am a baseball nut. Dodger brand. Still playing at 47 (old man’s version). Volunteer to umpire 7-8 year olds (Pinto in PONY Baseball). And my opinion is that Roger Clemens should be ashamed of himself ; the Yankees and George Steinbrenner should be ashamed of themselves.

I pay to play (our team is NCC, short for Nuevo Community Church)…and I would never play for “In His Image” or “Lighthouse” or any other team we compete against. Never. End of story. And we play for t-shirts. What is up with players who when they move on, move on to the rival? When Giambi jumped ship after coming so close to beating the dreaded Yankees, I wanted to puke! I still have a hard time when I see Jeff Kent in a Dodger’s uniform.

The problem with major league baseball, and pro sports in general is summed up in Roger Clemen’s form of extreme “free agency.” It should be against the rules to have a player “retire” just to sit out the first few months of the season and pick and choose where he will play. It isn’t good for baseball. It is a horrible precedent and doesn’t bode well for the future if it is allowed to continue. All that talk of Pettitte and Clemens going back to Houston to lead them to the pennant is an obnoxious memory. “Just do it,” or give back the cleats!! Don’t blame the run support, lots of teams have won without run support. Especially teams with “pitching.” Now they are both playing for the dark side. I am amending a funny bumper sticker for the occasion. “Frodo failed, Steinbrenner has the ring.”

Here is a plea for more players like Tony Gwynn possibly our era’s best hitter who played for the San Diego Padre’s his entire career. MLB needs more players like Cal Ripken, who didn’t have to chose which hat to wear upon entry to the Hall of Fame. Just so you don’t think I am picking on the Yankees – Jeter, Williams Posada and a list of others have been faithful to the Yankees; throw up your hands in protest. You don’t need Roger!!!

It is inevitable that players will change teams, either by trade or free agency – but that is not what is happening with Roger Clemens. He is selling out, for a cheap ring. At least work in Spring Training for your ring. He has more than enough money to buy a ring at Robbins Bros. And travel with your team. What happened to being a part of the team. This is a blog called the Temple so I will refrain from cliches about people who think they are too good for others.

Now the talking heads are justifying the move with statements like: “Roger’s a businessman.” What a crock. Roger is a thief. The fan’s deserve better than this. The fans of Houston deserve better. The fans of Boston and Toronto. The fans in New York. How is this baseball? He is making more money than the entire Tampa Bay Devil Rays roster, combined. Maybe I don’t understand the “business” end of baseball, but I do understand the game. This is not the game, so…

  • Here’s to a sore elbow and shoulder.
  • Here’s to Tampa Bay knocking him out in the second inning.
  • Here’s to a 6.50 era.
  • Here’s to Oakland beating the Yankees in the playoffs.
  • Here’s to Steinbrenner spending all his money and the Yankees coming in second place.
  • Here’s to the Yankees missing the wild card spot by 1 game to Minnesota.

I might even send up an imprecatory prayer or two, maybe God is a baseball fan.

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May 7, 2007 - Posted by | Baseball, Culture - Values


  1. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds are the Hulk Hogan’s of WWE-MLB.

    George Mitchell and ESPN want these aged freaks, steroids and meaningless records.

    Theater of the absurd!

    btw: Who is paying Greg Anderson? Disney Holdings?

    Comment by winstolv | May 7, 2007 | Reply

  2. And to make the announcement at a game that the NY Yankees should have been ashamed of – even if they won. 🙂

    Comment by Lana G! | May 8, 2007 | Reply

  3. I agree. Is there no loyalty? When you say you want to stay with a team and they offer you $8M/year, why would you uproot your family to make $9M/year?

    To add another example to your list, consider this quote, in light of what happened last year :

    There’s no way I can go play for the Yankees, but I know they’re going to come after me hard. It’s definitely not the most important thing to go out there for the top dollar, which the Yankees are going to offer me. It’s just not what I need. ~ Johnny Damon, to, 5/3/05

    I know he was a free agent, but the Red Sox offered him lots of money, yet he chose the bigger dollars to play for his former rivals. I don’t see how people can do this…

    At least there are a few examples of character and integrity in baseball — Mark McGwire taking a pay cut to be in St. Louis near his son; John Smoltz accepting less than market value to stay with the Braves.

    Comment by Beppo | May 10, 2007 | Reply

  4. […] is not my favorite MLB guy, see previous post: Roger Clemens Should Be Ashamed of Himself . Lest you think I am a Barry Bonds fan, understand that I bleed Dodger […]

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