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The Icon of Elisim
12-12-2003, 08:15 PM
HOUSTON -- A radio stunt could nudge future Hall of Famer Roger Clemens out of retirement.


Clemens is taking the weekend to decide whether he'd like to pitch for the Astros, where he would join friend Andy Pettitte, he told local talk show hosts from KKRW-FM Radio.


Rumors have been circulating since Clemens announced his retirement that he would unretire and pitch near home for the Astros. Clemens is technically a free agent, and can sign with any major league team.


When Pettitte decided on the Astros Thursday, that likely added to Clemens' motivation. Clemens and Pettitte were best friends on the Yankees.


However, Clemens was concerned that his Yankees' farewell gift -- a Hummer -- would be taken away if he decided to resume his career.


That's where the radio station comes in. KKRW's "Dean and Rog" came up with a plan: They made a plea on the air Friday morning for a Hummer they could offer to Clemens. Moments later, Hummer dealer and regular Dean and Rog listener Lee DeMontrond called in live with an offer.


An hour later the three hit the road in the Hummer, driving straight to the front door of Clemens' house, where they were greeted by Roger and his wife, Debbie.


When presented with the keys, a surprised Clemens said, "This is getting very interesting. ... I didn't know making a comment like that, you guys would show up in my front driveway with a burnt-orange H2."


Clemens added, "I am happy for Andy [Pettitte]. I think he is going to make a big difference." When asked if he would be in an Astros uniform come April, Clemens responded "maybe," and that the Hummer offer made things interesting. The radio show's deal is good only until Monday morning.


When they signed Pettitte, the Astros said they certainly would be receptive to the idea of Clemens pitching in Houston. However, the Astros have not reacted to the radio station's attempts to lure the Rocket back into active duty.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=1684849

PsychoSport
12-12-2003, 08:25 PM
If he unretires I'll be ****ing pissed. Soooo much was made out of it last year that it would just be god damn annoying to see him back.

YOUR Hero
12-12-2003, 08:45 PM
i hope he gives it a go.

BCWWF
12-13-2003, 01:40 AM
Personally I would like it. I dont really like Clemens, but I would if he did this because it would just piss all over the Yankees.

Jesus Shuttlesworth
12-13-2003, 01:41 AM
He could be a great closer for a few more seasons I think

Boondock Saint
12-13-2003, 02:13 AM
Hm, interesting.



:y: He could be a great closer for a few more seasons I think

VonErich Lives
12-13-2003, 09:27 AM
He'll never be a closer, but he certanly has a few more years in the tank, simply the way he keeps in shape and such.

The Icon of Elisim
12-13-2003, 10:09 AM
He wouldn't close, he would pitch in home games. They would probably ask for about 20-25 starts and the playoffs

DegenerationY
12-14-2003, 05:44 AM
his agent is saying it's very unlikely, according to today's sports page

road doggy dogg
12-14-2003, 06:07 AM
Okay I don't follow baseball like, at all, so I'm probably missing out on a few details here, but...

How can he do that? He was with the Yankees right, then retired? Now he's just going to joi up with another team? What's to stop any other player from doing the same thing? If they don't like their current position, "retire" then "unretire for another team" or something. Seems kinda lame

MoRcHeEbA
12-14-2003, 06:10 AM
he's not under contract anymore, I'm pretty sure he was a free-agent this year now.

The Outlaw
12-14-2003, 01:45 PM
Yeah he was a free agent.

I'm not a real big fan of retiring and coming back, especially after just a year, even though I am a fan of Clemens. :-\