Happy Birthday Roger Clemens!!
Roger Clemens turns 52 years old today.
And I have to imagine that if he wanted to, he could come back and still perform for any one of the playoff contenders out there right now! Luckily there appears to be no interest in that happening…
I used to love watching ‘Rocket’ pitch. To this day I have never seen a more dominant pitcher in the game that was able to maintain that kind of success throughout the majority of their career. As great as Dwight Gooden, Orel Hershiser, and Randy Johnson were, each of them saw a significant drop-off in their ability to out perform all opponents at some point in their careers. But not Clemens, he was truly in a league of his own when it came to posting successful year after year. 12 years of 200+ strikeouts and 17+ wins certainly backs up that claim.
With all of the recent news that surrounds Clemens’ name and his issues with both illegal PED usage and court issues in the same vein, I find it heart-breaking that a player with his kind of resume is first thought of for the ‘bad’ that he did. It is so sad that his name has been added to the long list of fallen superstars – and he did it all to himself…
Still one of my favorites, but it is hard to let it slide as well.
Happy Birthday Mr. Clemens!!!