|For the first time in over twenty years, Roger Clemens spent opening day in the stands rather than in the dugout. Clemens took in the Rangers’ home opener against the Red Sox yesterday, where he sat with his wife and Rangers’ owner Tom Hicks. The Rangers are, of course, one of four teams hoping to woo Clemens into spending at least the latter half of the season pitching for his team.
The Astros, Rangers, Red Sox, and Yankees are all still interested in the Rocket, but he is still holding fast on his retirement stance. His agent Randy Hendricks has said that he and Clemens have set an unofficial deadline of the end of July to decide which—if any—team the Rocket will grace with his presence.
I still have my doubts about Clemens’ future. Despite what he may say about wanting to relax now, I have a feeling that another month or two of watching games from the stands will spark some familiar urges and Roger will be yearning for the mound once again. Where he ends up will depend on the standings in July, as I anticipate that if Clemens makes a comeback it will be for one thing: a World Series ring.