The Baseball Desert

Saturday, December 13, 2003

A farewell to arms?

We thought we'd said goodbye to Roger Clemens during the World Series, but, following his comments the other day that he was "99.9% sure" that he wasn't coming back, we now have this report from Texas, which floats the rumour that Clemens might be interested in pitching for the Houston Astros, alongside Andy Pettitte. The report would suggest that Clemens' is less than 99.9% sure now - maybe not a whole lot, but enough to make the idea intriguing...

Clemens has made more money in his career than he could spend in 10 lifetimes, so the Hummer is obviously not the issue, but Astros' GM Gerry Hunsicker - whilst remaining sceptical about the whole thing - does make a good point:

"How many times did Michael Jordan retire?" Hunsicker said. "Great athletes are great because they are driven by competition. Most great athletes will tell you, especially that first year, it's tough when you still have the competitive juices flowing. Every individual is different."

We'll see over the weekend whether this is just a wild rumour or whether it actually has some foundation. For my part, I like Clemens and would love to see him pitch for another season, regardless of which pinstripes he wears.