Don’t Call it a Comeback
It looks like we might have another Brett Favre situation on our hands. For the next month or so through the entire next season, there will be speculation on whether Roger Clemens should or will make a comeback to the majors at 50 years of age. Clemens stirred this theory up by making his debut with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League and pitched fairly well. Now the whole sports world is in awe with the fact that Clemens might make a comeback to the majors and become the legendary pitcher he once was. While he says that’s not on his mind yet, we have all heard this story before and we never believed Favre when he told it. Will a comeback be a good idea for Clemens, or better yet for baseball?
It amazes me how so many people are on board with a Clemens comeback. This is a man who spent the last decade defending his honor and name in a trial that might have ended in his favor, but we all know the truth. Everyone remembers when Roger was accused by his former trainer, Brian McNamee, in the Mitchell Report, for using performance enhancing drugs like steroids and HGH. It was a long and grueling trial that culminated in 2010 with Clemens being charged with 2 counts of perjury, 3 counts of making false statements and 1 count of obstructing Congress. Recently, on June 19th, 2012, Clemens was acquitted of all charges after a 10-week trial and now his name has been cleared…or has it?
There is no way anyone in their right mind can honestly think that Clemens did not use steroids or HGH. He might have been proven innocent but he is definitely guilty. Now this man wants to make comeback, get out on that diamond and play ball with the boys again. That is an absolute joke. If you watched what was actually an impressive performance yesterday, you would’ve seen a former 7-time Cy Young winner who looks like a bloated version of his old self. After the game he complained of soreness in his arm and claimed that he would be spending the next few days icing and rehabbing his shoulder. I don’t want to take anything away from a man who is arguably the best pitcher of all time, but there is absolutely no way that he should even be considering taking the mound again.
While he proved to be able to pitch in the independent league, for a measly 31 pitches, Clemens has no chance of being successful ever again at the major league level. He is an extremely emotional man who has just suffered through 3 years of grueling trials that would drain anyone. His emotions are one thing but his health is another. He is just too damn old to take the mound again. This isn’t a Disney movie, so there will be no miraculous recovery for him to thrive off of as he saves some desperate team from complete failure. Right now the only team honestly interested in bringing The Rocket back to the majors is his hometown Houston Astros. Since they are the worst team in baseball and have absolutely no pitching, he might be a good fit for them. But if he does make that comeback than I hope Mike Piazza makes one too and throws a bat back at Clemens.
Roger do us all a favor and just hang up your cleats and your steroids for good.