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A brief tribute to some ancient pitchers

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  September 24, 2008 04:54 PM

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Recently, and for the first time all season, I caught myself wishing the Red Sox rotation included Curt Schilling. This is his time of year.

Besides, if he had a playoff game or two to pitch, that would leave him less time to call sports radio.

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So this is supposed to make me feel bad for Roger Clemens?

Clemens was sitting at home in hurricane-ravaged Texas, in front of a battery-operated television on his living room couch, when the team delivered a final crushing blow to its former star.

Clutching wife Debbie's hand on one side and mother-in-law Jan Wild's on the other, Clemens tuned in to his final team's last home game hoping for some recognition for helping win two World Series titles, Wild said.

But that Rocket never launched.

When the team played the video celebrating its greatest players at every position, the steroid-scandal-scarred Clemens was nowhere to be seen.

It was predictably hypocritical of the Yankees to pretend Clemens never existed the other night while the Rocket's Brothers In PEDs -- Andy Pettitte, Chuck Knoblauch, and Jason Giambi -- got the True Yankee treatment, but the truth is that all of this is his own fault. Not that the truth has ever been a consideration of his at all, of course.

Maybe I'm heartless, but wouldn't call Clemens's fate sad. I call it justice.

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As for today's Completely Random Baseball Card:

In sort of a related note, this post was probably inspired by my own "I'm-Rapidly-Heading-For-A-Life-Of-Metamucil-And-Shuffleboard" moment from last night: While watching the Indians' Josh Barfield at the plate, I mumbled, "He looks nothing like his dad" . . . and then realized I remember his dad, Jesse, when he was a rookie. But back to the point: Josh Barfield looks (and hits) nothing like his old man. I'm now very suspicious that there was a cover-up of a Blue Jays scandal in the early '80s and he's really Lloyd Moseby's kid.

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