View Full Version : Roger Clemens back in New York.

May 7th, 2007, 07:43 PM
So What? Yankees are still going to suck (you hear me JCMan?) Lets go Mets!

May 8th, 2007, 01:07 AM


who earned his only two championship rings
when the Yankees brought him to a juggernaut
team, is back with a less stellar group
looking to return the favor.

May 7, 2007

YOU don't always get the chance to redeem yourself this way, but that's the opportunity Roger Clemens has now. He can make things right in a place where he badly needs to make things right. He can rectify his place of prominence in the Yankees firmament. And maybe earn that Yankees cap he swears he wants to wear into Cooperstown.

When he first came to New York he was perfectly willing to piggy-back onto the locomotive of the Dynasty Yankees, to attach his own ring-free legacy to a team that was churning out championships on a conveyor belt.
Then, at a time when the Yankees could truly have used Clemens' horse-like presence to anchor a rapidly-thinning rotation, he was gone, first to a retirement so short it would shame a boxer, then to Houston, where he took the time to blast the Yankees' treatment of his good pal Andy Pettitte before proving he still had plenty of life left in that immortal right arm of his.

The Yankees haven't been the same since he left, of course, throwing good money after bad pitching. There was the Kevin Brown mistake. There was the Javier Vazquez mistake. There was the Randy Johnson mistake, the Yankees figuring they could simply plug one future Hall of Famer in place of another. There was the Jaret Wright mistake. And, of course, there was the Carl Pavano mistake, an error that makes all the others seem harmless by comparison.

The Yankees may have gone down those ill-fated pathways even if Clemens had decided to remain a Yankee following the 2003 season. But it was Clemens' departure that started the dominos tumbling, a calamitous mess that has thus far led to three-plus years of Yankee discomfort and discomfit, including a terrible collapse to the Red Sox in 2004 and losses in the first round of the playoffs the past two years, with the one glaring hole on the roster being the kind of forever ace Clemens has been his whole life.

Now, with the Yankees pitching situation as tenuous as it's ever been - and far more shaky than a team with a $180 million payroll should ever expect - he comes back for a second tour of duty, this time as a legitimate would-be savior, this time with the Yankees needing to feed off his energy, rather than the other way around.

This is a different team Clemens joins this time around. He is no carpet-bagger anymore, rolling his dice with a shoo-in favorite. If he wanted to take that course, the way he did in 1999, he would have selected Boston - another city in which his image could use some polishing - which, at this point of the season, seems the surer bet.

"Well they came and got me out of Texas," Clemens announced to the crowd yesterday from George Steinbrenner's box at Yankee Stadium, just as the fans were rising for the seventh-inning stretch. "It's a privilege to be back.

"I'll be talking to y'all soon."

They came and they got him and, what's more, they need him now. Despite having won five of their last six, the Yankees still are arm-light and pitching-shy. They face their biggest task in the past dozen years just to negotiate their way into the postseason. Clemens makes that task suddenly much, much easier.

In the American League, the incredible ERAs he accumulated as an Astro - 2.98 in 2004, 1.87 in '05, 2.30 last year - won't be quite as microscopic, but neither will the run support with which he was too often forced to make do in Houston. This is a splendid opportunity for him, make no mistake. And he isn't exactly doing this at discount wages, either.

But it's a bigger deal for the Yankees, a far bigger deal. Once upon a time, they gave Roger Clemens the chance to complete his dossier, allowed him to consider himself a champion, took him along for the ride in 1999 and 2000.

This time, if all goes according to the script, he'll be able to repay the debt. You don't always get that chance in baseball.

Roger Clemens does. Starting now.


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May 8th, 2007, 12:29 PM
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May 8th, 2007, 01:36 PM
Well, the Mets made the news, too. In a bad way...

Shea what?

Mets fan crushed by 300-pound man files lawsuit

http://i.cnn.net/si/images/1.gifhttp://i.cnn.net/si/images/1.gifNEW YORK (AP) -- A New York Mets (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/baseball/mlb/teams/mets) fan has filed suit, contending a drunken, 300-pound man fell on her during the home opener at Shea Stadium and broke her back.

Ellen Massey, a 58-year-old Manhattan lawyer, sued the team, the beer concession, the union that represents the security guards at the ballpark and "John Doe," the unidentified man who toppled on her.
Massey had surgery for spinal injuries and was hospitalized for about two weeks, said her lawyer, Stephen Kaufman. Doctors put rods and screws in her back and will have to operate on her again, he said.

The lawsuit, filed Friday in Manhattan's state Supreme Court, seeks unspecified money damages.
"We believe the claim has no merit," the Mets said in a statement.
Massey said that on April 9 she was in the second row of the right field upper deck near a "visibly intoxicated" man who was "acting in a rowdy, boisterous and dangerous manner for a long period of time."

The man, who has not been found or identified, later "fell upon plaintiff causing her to sustain severe personal injuries," court papers said.
"He got up and left," apparently uninjured, Kaufman said. "We have information that one of the security people might have spoken to him and let him leave."

Two emergency medical technicians sitting directly in front of Massey gave her first aid and comforted her until an ambulance arrived, Kaufman said.
The incident occurred between the sixth and seventh innings with the Mets trailing Philadelphia 5-3. The Mets rallied to win 11-5.

Along with Sterling Mets L.P., the owner of the team, Massey sued Philadelphia-based Aramark Corp. and the Service Employees International Union Local 177.
Aramark said it was reviewing the complaint.

"We continue to work closely with the Mets and stadium security personnel in investigating this incident," spokeswoman Kristine Grow said.
There was no answer at Local 177's headquarters in Brooklyn.

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May 8th, 2007, 01:42 PM
Mets fan crushed by 300-pound man

Come to think of it:


Mr. Met, looks like he weigh about 320.