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The Red Sox Should Have Signed Roger Clemens

May 17, 2007 – 9:00 AM
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Larry Brown

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Seeing the news that Roger Clemens is only a day away from making his first minor league start with the Yankees makes me more and more upset. It makes me upset that the Red Sox just gave up -- let the Yankees have him. They gave a courtesy offer to Clemens, and let the Yankees walk away with the prize. The Red Sox could have pulled the trigger just like they did with Dice K, and they would've left the Yankees dead in the water. See, the sputtering Yanks were struggling immensely (and still are). Steinbrenner panicked and gave Cashman the green light to drop some serious cash in the lap of Clemens. Now, with a healthy rotation, the Yankees will have Chien-Ming Wang, Andy Pettitte, Mike Mussina, Phil Hughes, and Roger Clemens. Tell me you wouldn't take that over Curt Schilling, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Josh Beckett, Tim Wakefield, and Julian Tavarez.

I won't buy any of the excuses. I won't settle for the cocky boasting by Red Sox fans. I've heard it all. Julian Tavarez wanted everyone to know that the Red Sox didn't need Clemens. Baseball experts told you that the Red Sox were already in first by a far margin and there was no need for Clemens. Let me tell you something -- that's horrible logic. See, every player Boston adds, it does so by subtracting from the Yankees. Whether Clemens is worth the money or not is irrelevant; all that matters is that Boston could have kept the Yankees from getting him. There was only one arm out there that could have helped the Yankees close the gap between themselves and the Red Sox -- the right arm belonging to Roger Clemens. And now they have it. And now they are only a few weeks away from seriously contending with Boston, and making a run at the playoffs.

Mark my words, the Yankees will make the playoffs, and Roger Clemens will play a serious role in them getting there. But could you imagine how devastating the Red Sox would have been with The Rocket? Schilling, Clemens, Beckett, and Dice K in the playoffs? Could it get any better? Do you see my point here? I don't care how much it would've cost to outspend the Yankees -- the Red Sox had a serious chance to deliver a lasting knock out punch to the Yankees, one that would've set the Evil Empire back for years to come. One that would sent all of New York in turmoil. If there was ever a move worth going into debt over, it was for Boston to sign Roger Clemens for one year, pay that $30 million, and see the Yankees fail.

Previously at FanHouse:
You Can Watch Roger Clemens Strike Out Kids Half His Age
Julian Tavarez Wants Nothing to do With Roger Clemens
Roger Clemens Signs With the Yankees
Roger Clemens Has a Flair For the Dramatic
Outside of New York, Everyone Hates Roger Clemens
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