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  •  Why I Hate Roger Clemens (4.00)
    The way he tanked his last few seasons in Boston was disgraceful, but that's not why.

    It was after he plunked Piazza on the helmet, then went batshit crazy and threw a broken bat at him in the World Series...

    After this, during interleague play, the Yankees deliberately shuffled their rotation so Clemens didn't have to pitch in Shea Stadium, and therefore have to face a Mets pitcher who might possibly retaliate against him.

    Then, before the Yankees were to face Barry Bonds, he has the stones to say that Bonds "better not go up there with all that armor on" (Bonds wears some protective gear while at bat to protect from foul tips and, some say, inside pitches). Basically implying that he would throw at him.

    This is where I lost it---don't talk this bullshit like you're some old-school tough guy when you have done nothing but pitch in the American League your ENTIRE FREAKIN' CAREER!! And ESPECIALLY don't do it when you're too big of a chickenshit to even bat against a team you pissed off!!

    Ok...(deep breath)...feel better now.

    That said, I am a lifelong Pirates fan and generally root for the NL in the Series. Not this year, though.

    The Astros piss me off in too many ways:

    1. Clemens
    2. Those horrible uniforms they wore in the 70's and 80's
    3. That idiotic ballpark they built---with the short porch, the flagpole in the field of play, the centerfield slope, the train---it is nothing but a museum of ballpark oddities of the past. And then naming it after Enron. Horrible.
    4. They got rid of those horrible uniforms they wore in the 70's and 80's.
    5. Texas.

    I was 18 in 1987 when I did something very few people my age can say they have done: I saw a Major League baseball game for $1. It was half price night at old Comiskey, and I sat in the bleachers in straight-away centerfield. Steve "Psycho" Lyons hit a home run in the 11th to beat the Royals in a game between two terrible teams. I will always have a soft spot for the White Sox for giving me that unforgettable night.

    Sox in 6.

    "Make the pie higher."

    by SiD ORMaN on Sat Oct 22, 2005 at 03:43:11 PM PDT

    •  "you know how I feel about Roger" (none)
      "You know how I feel about Roger."

      I used to say this so often when he was a Red Sox that I may have blown my anonymity if anyone is reading this who knew me in the 80s-90s.

      So much about him rubs me the wrong way that I don't know where to start.

      He had a reputation for stopping losing streaks but my memory is that he also stopped a few winning streaks, including the Morgan Magic winning streak.

      As he left the game last night I said to my mom, before the next inning is over he'll have his excuse ready about how he is hurt.  As he was walking down the tunnel to the clubhouse the announcers were already talking about the hamstring.

      Other guys play hurt and don't use their injuries as an excuse.  Other guys play hurt and still win games (love that bloody Red Sock, even though Schilling is a GoOP).  The famous blister excuse for Game Six '86 was a joke, although he is still denying he asked out of that game.  And I will always believe he deliberately got himself thrown out of the 1990 game by Cooney because he was pitching badly and wanted to take the focus off of the "he can't pitch in the big games" criticism.

      Clemens always impressed me as the kind of jock who was allowed to be so self-focused because of his talent that he never had to give any consideration to anything else, especially the importance of a star being nice to the little guy.  His interviews sound like GWB is giving them--listen to him the next time he is talking to the press and you can imagine his thought process (such as it is) being channeled by the pResident himself.

      I am trying to keep an open mind about Texas--I know Houston is a bluedrop city in a red state and that DeLay and Cornyn and even Bush's political days are numbered (can we even dream of a return to the 60s when the home of Lyndon Johnson and Barbara Jordan was solid blue?).

      But I will never root for any team that has Clemens.  Now all of you guys "know how I feel about Roger."

      Politics is like driving. To go backward, put it in R. To go forward, put it in D.

      by TrueBlueMajority on Sun Oct 23, 2005 at 06:31:20 AM PDT

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