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Roger Clemens Signs 1 Year Contract With Astros  
User currently offlineB757300 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 4114 posts, RR: 23
Posted (10 years 3 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1915 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.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2004/baseball/mlb/01/12/bc.bbn.astros.clemens.ap/index.html


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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1884 times:

That was fast...on Rome is Burning a few weeks ago he said the decision wouldn't be made until February...the Astros' attendance will prolly go through the roof...

Greg



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User currently offlineJetChaser From Canada, joined Dec 2003, 187 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1886 times:



He's not kidding about coming home. It'll be more like playing than working for him. No pressure (like New York), he could put up some big numbers.

JetChaser


User currently offlineFoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2948 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1878 times:

I guess he decided he could part with his Hummer after all?


Common sense is not so common. -Voltaire
User currently offlineElectraBob From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 931 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1873 times:

He had better start taking some batting practice..... Smile


Having a smoking section in a restaurant is like having a peeing section in a swimming pool.....
User currently offlineCactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1873 times:


Can't stay away. I'm sure he'll provide 'Stros fans with some excitement. The Cubs will still take the division.



User currently offlineFoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2948 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1866 times:

Not only that, ElectraBob, he'd better get a good helmet! Especially when pitching against the Mets. What goes around comes around...  Smile


Common sense is not so common. -Voltaire
User currently offlineUsairwys757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1863 times:

Haha Yankees, He screwed you guys.  Big grin

User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2239 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1839 times:

I think a radio station has offered Clemens a Hummer if he had to give his back to the Yankees...I don't know if the offer still stands.

It's safe to say attendance will be up this coming season, so I better not hear Drayton McClane (Astros owner) whine about losing money this year!

Steinbrenner is officially on suicide watch... Big grin



"On spaceship earth there are no passengers...only crew."
User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1833 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!

User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2239 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1823 times:

Don't worry, his turn in the rotation won't come up during the series...  Big grin


"On spaceship earth there are no passengers...only crew."
User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1824 times:

I bet it won't. Thats because he is an open faced roast beef sandwich.

User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2239 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1808 times:

Didn't Estes try to throw at Clemens...and missed? Was it because of his open-faced roast beef sandwich-ness, or was his aim that bad?

Sucks for you, Yankees fans, now you just have to hope for Clemens to struggle this year...at least he didn't un-retire to join the Red Sox!




"On spaceship earth there are no passengers...only crew."
User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 48
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1812 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
User currently offlineNonrvsmdmf From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 186 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1796 times:

yep big news here in houston...

they sold over 1000 season tickets yesterday...

this morning, they delivered a new "white" hummer
to his wife..listened to it on the radio...she wanted
a white hummer and she got it this morning..

gonna be a good season..i work with his sister-in-law...
already got the autographs, now i can get tickets..




I did not forget...I just misplaced the thought...
User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 35
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1778 times:

Let's see:
'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
User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1777 times:

Dotel in the Bully.....a weakness? I wish the Mets had that 'weakness'.

User currently offlineCorocks From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1211 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1769 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.


User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 35
Reply 18, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1766 times:

"Dotel in the Bully.....a weakness? I wish the Mets had that 'weakness'."

Oh, I don't know. You always have John Franco to fall back on. He ought to be good for, what, 2 saves again? Big grin

Tom at MSY



"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
User currently offlineDa man From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 887 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1764 times:

My Biology teacher mentioned something about a young kid who injured his arm while playing for the Astros 2 years ago. He said that he would also be back pitching for the Astros this season.

Go Astros!
da man



War Eagle!
User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2239 posts, RR: 15
Reply 20, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1756 times:

I think he's referring to Carlos Hernandez, who is a lefty. They said he's just about 100% now, but we'll see, it was major surgery on his pitching shoulder...


"On spaceship earth there are no passengers...only crew."
User currently offlineCOIAH99 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 251 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days ago) and read 1759 times:

Being from Houston its awesome...but I think theres going to be alot of pressure to bring home a ring.


Work Hard Fly Right
User currently offlineUsairwys757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1745 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).

User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (10 years 3 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1754 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.

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