Clemens and us?
I am not sure how people can misconstrue things as badly as they do, but it’s being done. If you read any of the sports writers with integrity, the guys that printed the ENTIRE quote I gave last night, I thought it was clear. Roger Clemens coming to Boston was something none of us in the clubhouse had any control over. No one is a bigger fan of what he’s done than I am. I’ve said repeatedly that I think he’s the greatest pitcher that’s ever played. There is not team he doesn’t make better but we had no control over him coming here.
I would have loved to have him, I said so, but the second he chose the Yankees it became a non-factor. This game is hard enough worrying about the things you can control much less the things you can’t. We have a very very good team. I think we have the best staff in the game right now. Can that change? Sure it can but no one here can tell us how when and why it will change. Maybe it won’t. Bottom line is if you are in our clubhouse wishing we had Clemens you are basically telling a teammate you suit up with every day that we’re better off without you. I’ve made that mistake in the past and refused to do it again. CHB can sob all he wants, Rocket coming here gave him something legitimate to actually write about for the next 4 months. Now he can stick to the bitter style he’s perfected and talk about how bad we suck because we failed to get Rocket. The guy will retire as the greatest pitcher that ever lived. He wanted to go to NY, done deal. I can’t stress it enough, it was a non-issue before yesterday and is a non-issue today. We had no control over him coming or going so it was never more than weight room chatter.
The other amazing aspect of this is that the same media people who’ve railed on him for the last 6 months for taking this course are now taking sides in who screwed up and who didn’t in getting him. Who the hell can blame the guy for taking what amounts to 20 some million bucks to pitch 4 months of the season. There isn’t a person reading this who wouldn’t kill for that opportunity. The Yankees have been CRUSHED with injuries, their staff has had an enormously disproportionate amount of injuries and we haven’t. They needed to fill some holes and their owner has never shirked at spending money to field a world series caliber team. I don’t blame him or them, hell I laud them for it.
So ya, I’d have loved to pitch with Roger Clemens. On a personal level it would have meant I was teammates with 3 of the greatest pitchers to ever play the game. I’ve never ever cared about the ‘spotlight’ as it pertains to that sort of thing. I’ve always believed if I pitched and did what I was capable of doing it would all work out in the end. Contrary to CHB’s belief, and she may find it hard to believe, I LOVE pitching with Daisuke, I love to be able to see first hand what he brings to the team and the organization. I love our staff as it stands now and if we can stay healthy I think we are in a great spot. I’ll take the Texan we got and pit him against anybody in the game over the next 5-10 years. He’s special and starting to show people a glimpse of what he’s going to be.
So while I did say “we don’t need him”, it was at the end of a quote that started with “I’d have loved to have him”.
If Roger Clemens in NY means the Sox don’t win the World Series this year then we weren’t the world series caliber team we thought we are, and we believe we are.