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Thursday, February 02, 2006

As the retirement world turns

Remember the days when a professional athlete retired with civility and grace? No dragging out the decision. No toying around with fans' emotions and feelings.

Apparently, those days are gone. And, unfortunately, two of the more enjoyable players to watch in their respective leagues are tarnishing their reputations by doing just that: Roger Clemens and Brett Favre.

After watching Clemens in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, it was clear that, in October (and much of the second half), he wasn't the same Rocket. The Cards swung and missed at 3 pitches in six innings and 100-plus pitches of work. THREE PITCHES. That's a total reserved more for Ezequiel Astacio or Wandy Rodriguez not a future Hall of Famer.

Clemens has been a wonderful ambassador for baseball and should let the World Baseball Classic, if he is healthy enough to pitch in it, be his farewell address to the world.


Blogger Brian McCallum said...

Add Jason Pugh to the list of baseball experts to say Clemens' career is over.

5:07 PM  
Blogger Jason Pugh said...

Like Clemens, Brett Favre has earned the right to take some time to make his decisions. But the longer he waits, the worse off the Packers are. It's true Green Bay lost a ton of playmakers to injury last year and Fave was overcompensating, but it's also clear that No. 4 has lost a few miles an hour from his fastball.
At any rate, it's time for both of these legends to make a call one way or the other for the good of their organizations.

5:09 PM  

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