Wednesday, May 31, 2006
On the same day I learn that there's a new Garfield movie, I learn that Roger Clemens has re-signed with the Astros. Unlike Garfield's return, the return of Clemens to the Astros is a smart one.
If Clemens won a World Series playing for the Red Sox, it would be a special moment. If he won with the Yankees, he would surely enjoy winning again with teammates and a manager who he loved playing with. However, with those temptations comes way too much risk.
With or without Clemens, it will be very difficult for the Sox or Yanks to win the World Series. However, with Clemens, fans would expect their teams to win the Series, so when they don't win Clemens would be the one taking the blame. Even if Clemens lost a playoff game 2-1, Yankee fans and Boston fans would blame him and complain about the money the team wasted on him. The other problem Clemens would face in the American League is the better lineups. Clemens wouldn't be putting up an ERA below 3.00 in the American League.
So Clemens gets his money, a chance to play with his son, and he gets to stay at home without the pressure of New York or Boston. Sounds like a good deal to me.