Clemens a Yankee Once Again
Roger Clemens, the flame-throwing pitcher who has been in retirement since the end of last season, announced Sunday that he will play for the New York Yankees, a team he played for from 1998 to 2003. Clemens will likely join the roster in three to four weeks and will be paid $28 million dollars for a one-year contract, the AP reported.
The Yankees have struggled so far this season, starting 14-15, 5 1/2 games behind the rival Boston Red Sox. One of the main reasons that the Yankees have struggled is their pitching. They have used 10 starters so far, a record for the first 30 games. Injuries have played a role, taking out key starters Mike Mussina, Carl Pavano, and Chien Ming Wang.
"The Rocket" will join the team with the eighth most wins all time, 348, and the second most strikeouts, 4,604. Clemens made his announcement at Yankee Stadium during their game against Seattle as the crowd chanted his name.
"It feels like coming back home," Clemens said. "You feel like you're welcomed and you know what it's all about."
As for the Yankees rivals, the first-place Red Sox did not seem overly concerned.
When asked by CBS Sportsline about the Yankees signing Clemens, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz had this to say:
Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling said he liked the roster his team had and that changes weren't needed.
"It would have been nice to have him, but we didn't need him. We DON'T need him," Schilling said.