Monday, May 7, 2007

Yes, but can he dance?

Breaking news over the weekend: The Yankees are paying $28 million for a fat, 45 year-old guy who hasn’t played yet this season to pitch for their minor league club and eventually enter the rotation for a few months. OK, so it’s not just some old guy, it’s Roger Clemens. But seriously, can anyone truly think this is a good idea? Did we not learn from the whole Randy Johnson debacle?

Says Clemens, “I expect to perform like I was 25, that’s my expectations. Anything short of that would be a disappointment.” Wow. Regardless of who you are, this statements reeks of “reality check”. And I have a hard time believing that anyone in the Yankees organization thinks that a 45 year-old Clemens will be as good as a 25 year-old Clemens.

I seriously hope I’m eating my words at the end of this season, and making him a Yankee has seriously pissed off the fans of other clubs, which is always a good thing. And no disrespect to one of the best pitchers ever in the game. But he’s beyond his day and hanging on for dear life. Should the Yankee rotation stay healthy, he’ll be a decent addition. But he’s not a $28 million savior. And for all of the hype and money spent, will just making it to the playoffs be enough to justify this?

2 comments:

Evorgleb said...

One of the guys over at Highbrid Nation wrote a very interesting post about Roger Clemems and and the "real" reason he has come back to play for the Yankees. Good Stuff.

SportsGirl365 said...

Very entertaining...

Although they do seem to be uncomfortably close...