And there you have it; the most one-sided rivalry in sports now takes center stage, starting Wednesday night. It’s a shame that it looks like the pitching lineups won’t get Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez on the same field, but it does seem likely that Clemens will be pitching in Fenway Park one last time in his career, which is just awesome.


You’re glad to see Clemens at Fenway again so you can watch him get shelled not because you respect the guy, right? I think The Sports Guy said it best:

“There are many gray areas in sports where you can see both sides of a debate, but this isn’t one of them. Clemens sold out an entire city. He didn’t care about us. We supported him for 13 seasons, and when the time came for him to cash in, he headed to Canada and never looked back. There are many ways to figure out true Sox fans — like when someone calls Bill Mueller “Mule-er” (it’s pronounced like “Miller”) — but the Clemens Debate remains the ultimate test. Either root against him or root for another team. There’s no middle ground.”

Go Sox.

• Posted by: Jake on Oct 9, 2003, 10:34 AM

They’re facing off on game 3, dude!

• Posted by: David Jacobs on Oct 9, 2003, 1:40 PM

Jake, I think you may have some pent-up anger within you…

I actually like Clemens, and while I feel oh-so-bad for the Bostonians who supported him just to feel jilted on prom night, I also think that it may just be time to let go of that. I mean, six Cy Young awards? Five 20-win seasons? All-time AL leader in strikeouts? He’s just an awesome pitcher, and hating him any more than Boston does might just get the city a second curse. (Curse of the Rocket?)

Go Clemens, and go Yanks.

• Posted by: Jason on Oct 10, 2003, 7:42 AM


I guess ‘pent-up anger’ is a great way to put it. I was 10 years old in 1986 when Roger struck 20 batters, won the Cy Young, and led the Sox to the World Series. I read his book three times. The guy was my hero — and I wasn’t alone here in New England — and he left for the big money, giving all of us the finger. Now he plays for our arch rival. No doubt Roger is one of the greatest pitchers ever, but what he did to us is… well, a good reason for pent-up anger. If he showed an ounce of remorse I actually think I could forgive the guy, but not until then.

Keep posting about the series, Jason. I love your site.

Go Pedro, and go Sox.

• Posted by: Jake on Oct 10, 2003, 9:54 AM

Isn’t the Sox GM the one who said Clemens was “in the twilight of his career”, and basically sold him off before his expiration date, telling him not to let the door hit him in the ass on the way out?

You BoSoxers, always with your whiny pants on…


• Posted by: L. Markoff on Oct 10, 2003, 4:38 PM

(Now, in retrospect, doesn’t it look dumb to have said that Pedro and Roger wouldn’t pitch against each other?)

• Posted by: Jason on Oct 18, 2003, 12:25 AM
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