Roger Clemens pitched for the 'Stro's Thursday night. It was his first game of the year,not counting the tune-up he had this week in triple-A. He only worked 5 innings,giving up 6 hits and two runs in the loss. The Rocket is getting long in the tooth,he's 43..
A pitcher going 5 at 43 years of age? WTF? Ol' Rog can't give it up, he threw 100 pitches, 59 for strikes. He's like an old junk yard dog. Still has the bark, some bite left..but he has to use it wisely. He's still a commanding figure on the pitchers mound, one of the greatest pitchers to ever play the game.
He got a standing-O each time he ended an inning and walked toward the dugout...and deservedly so. It was a home game at Orange Juice Park..aka Minute Maid. even Babs Bush was there..you know..the Shrub's mommy.
The 'Stro's are still in the hunt for a playoff spot. I know, there is half a season left. This is the time of the year that you start watching the leaderboard for each division. Figuring out who's got it made in first, and who's contending for that all-hallowed "wild card" spot. The Cardinals always give the 'Stro's a run for their money in the NL Central and with Albert Pujols..aka the God of Baseball coming back from the DL soon, it doesn't bode well for the Stro's to get first place..that wild card looks inviting though.I always enjoy watching Clemens pitch, he is afterall, a power pitcher.
He's making 12 Million to pitch half a season..hot damn, thats lots of cash for half the effort of the rest of the league. Think he's worth it?
If he can pitch up and in..he will be worth every penny to the 'Stro's. And Roger Clemens will have kept father time at bay for one more season.