I can't stand Roger Clemens. He's a liar. He's a hyprocrite. He's an ass. I wish Mike Piazza would have had the stones to go to the mound and ram that broken piece of bat down Clemens' throat. I'm glad the US lost in the WBC, because womehow it had become the "Roger Clemens Show."
That being said, I have to give credit where credit is due. The man is a manipulating genius. At 43, Clemens thinks to himself: "I want to pitch, but only when I feel like it. I surely don't want to travel to games when I'm not going to pitch. I don't want to go to spring training. I don't even want to pitch in first two months. I only want to pitch in "crunch-time" and I want to make sure the team I'm pitching for has a change, because the Rocket doesn't pitch for a loser. And I want to be paid more than any other pitcher. But I don't want to look like an ass, so I'll rationalize my egotistical, self-serving demands by talking about my love for my family and how I'm doing it for them, and for you, but not for me. Yeah, I'm the Rocket, pitcher for the people!"
And you know what? Everyone buys it. Especially the managment for the Sox, Yanks, Rangers, and 'Stros. Clemens just got a (prorated) $22 million dollar deal from Houston. Have they noticed he has 4 complete games in the last 7 years (one was a rain shortened game?) Have they seen his postseason ERA in the last 3 years (it's not good...?) The answer is no, they were too busy competing for his services, to understand what they were competing for.
And of course, this is all about winning for Clemens. That is why he is joining a team that is 8th in the wild card race, instead of true contenders (Sox, Yanks.) Oh, but I forgot, this is all about family...or money?
He might be the poster-boy for the individual-over-team mentality of modern sports, but you have to give him credit for working the system into getting what possibly no player in any sport has before: complete control. He's the employee and the employer...with someone else footing the bill. Pure genius.