Posted by Steve
…If Roger Clemens faces Daisuke Matsuzaka this season. We might as well pencil the Yankees into the playoffs now that they have their 44-year old $28 million savior, but first things first. Will anyone be able to escape the death grasp of the hype machine if The Rocket ever faces Dice-K?
The sports world pretty much stopped when Clemens melodramatically unveiled himself to adoring fans at Yankee stadium. Sportscenter devoted its first 15 minutes or so to the story, and prognosticators are already making their predictions on how Clemens will perform in pinstripes.
Once you get past the fact that his name is Roger Clemens, the humor of this signing is evident. Clemens had a great season last year, but he really isn’t more than a six-inning pitcher at this point. The Yankees are on pace to destroy their bullpen by August, and they paid someone who has two complete games in the last six seasons a boatload of money. Take into account his age and his switch to the A.L., and there is no way he’s worth half of the 28 mil, even in baseball terms. I just don’t see him as a savior the way some do.