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Return of the Rocket

Posted at 9:57 PM on May 7, 2007 by Chris Dall

So what was your favorite Roger Clemens Retirement Tour moment?

Yes, if you haven't heard by now, the Rocket is back, this time with the New York Yankees, and for the paltry sum of $28 million (prorated of course). The New York tabloids are, as one would expect, ecstatic. But the reaction in the Yankee blogosphere is a bit more muted, perhaps because Yankee fans realize a 45-year-old who can only pitch every five days might not be enough to help the Bombers.

I'm interested in the take on Clemens in these parts. Personally, I don't care for him. I thought he was a jerk in the '80s. I thought he was a jerk in the '90s. I really started to loathe him when he tried to take Mike Piazza's head off in 2000, then threw a bat at him in the 2000 World Series (though his "I thought it was the ball" excuse was a classic). And I find the whole part-time, gun-for-hire, please-beg-me-to-come-back-and-tell-me-how-great-I-am routine repulsive. He can talk all he wants about Pinstripe tradition and winning another World Series, but I'm not buying it. Roger has always been about Roger. Yes, I know he'll probably go down as one of the greatest right-handers of all time, but that doesn't mean I have to like him.

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