making the pitch for clemens
So Roger Clemens is thinking about boycotting his inevitable Hall of Fame induction if they don't put him in as a Yankee.
And this is Clemens in a nutshell. His reasons for not wanting to go in as a Red Sox player is his anger at the way GM Dan Duquette treated him.
What about the fans, Roger? What about the people who spent 13 seasons cheering for you, watching you, paying your salary?
Of his six Cy Young Awards, three were won in Boston, two in Toronto and one with the Yankees.
His MVP award ('86) was won in Boston.
His two 20 strikeout games? Boston.
The bulk of the achievements that make Clemens a Hall of Fame candidate were made while he was wearing a Red Sox cap. He should pay homage to that by being enshrined in the hall wearing that cap. His vendetta against Duquette is a personal one, and he shouldn't let that stand in the way of his doing the right thing by Red Sox fans.
Yes, my vendetta against Clemens himself is a personal one. I hate the fact that he wears the Yankee pinstripes at all and I certainly don't want to see him in the Hall as a member of the Yankees. But that's an aside, a petty one at that. It's a serious slap in the face to the people of Boston to do anything but accept his entrance into the Hall in the cap with a B on it.