B757300 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 4114 posts, RR: 23 Posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2023 times:
Ok, something a little less caustic for the forums.
Clemens shuns retirement, signs one-year deal with Astros
HOUSTON (AP) -- Roger Clemens is pushing back his retirement, agreeing Monday to a $5 million, one-year contract with the Houston Astros.
The six-time Cy Young Award winner had said for more than a year that he planned to quit after pitching last season for the New York Yankees.
But he was persuaded to join the Astros, his hometown team, after close friend and former Yankees teammate Andy Pettitte signed with Houston last month.
"It's great to come home," Clemens said.
Houston is deferring $3.5 million of Clemens' salary for two years, according to contract terms obtained by The Associated Press. In addition to the base, Clemens can earn an additional $1.4 million based on the Astros' attendance.
Clemens, 41, was 17-9 with a 3.91 ERA last season, his fifth with the Yankees. He spent his first 13 seasons in Boston, then went to Toronto for two years before moving on to New York, where he won World Series titles in 1999 and 2000.
KROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1941 times:
The man bleeds Yankee Pinstripes......well until he changed to the Astro Gold pinstripes. Well done Roger. Can't wait till August 11-13. Houston will be in town to play at Shea. Put Roger on the mound, Al Leiter up against him, and have Al do the job that that open faced roast beef sandwich Shawn Estes couldn't do, and put a heater in his earhole!
LHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 47
Reply 13, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1920 times:
I'm a die-hard Yankees fan, but I'm strangely not angered by Roger's move.
I dunno. He served his time. With George rearing up the way he is, I would want to get the hell out of the Bronx as well. If anyone's earned their right to pick and choose, it's Roger. I hope he has a good year.
"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
Tom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
Reply 15, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1886 times:
'04 Astros starting pitching includes Andy Pettite, Roy Oswalt, and the Rocket.
'04 Astros lineup includes Bagwell, Ensburg, Kent, and Everett on the infield, Hidalgo, Berkman, and Biggio in the outfield.
The only weakness I see in the Astros might be in the bullpen, and seeing how as the Cubbies bullpen hasn't improved during the off-season, I'm not ready to hand the division to the Cubs. The Astros have done a lot more to improve themselves.
Tom at MSY
"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
Corocks From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1213 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1877 times:
I think our biggest weakness is still defense in the outfield. Biggio is really weak. This was such an emotional decision as opposed to a business one. Middle relief with the bullpen could be questionable, but last 2 innings should be taken care of with Lidge and Dotel. Hopefully with 4 quality starters we won't have to go to the pen nearly as much as last year.
I am worried that we will get rid of Hidalgo before long. He is one of our best RBI producers.
He got to keep the Hummer. His wife got a new one.
Usairwys757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1853 times:
I'm just hoping the Braves stop choking in the first or second round this year. Winning 12 straight division titles doesnt get you anywhere unless you win the World Series, or at least get there. The only think I am sure of, Is that we will finish in front of that other team in New York. (Sorry KROC).
KROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1862 times:
I'm realistic. I know the Mets will suck again this year. Thing is, Atlanta's grip on the NL East has come to an end. Sorry Braves Fan, but your team has done nothing to improve while losing quality players. You couldn't sell out a playoff game when your team was good.......so much for good attendence numbers this year in the ATL.