Q. What do you think about the team's chances to land Roger Clemens this season? How interested are you in having that happen? Have you reached out to him or his agents recently? How important would that be for the on-field product, and for him to potentially end his career where it began?Good lord, John. Maybe you say something the wrong way in an interview, but you typed this out. And I thought Steinbrenner was going soft in the melon. There were Red Sox fans who weren't too keen on Clemens when he wore a Boston uniform.
A. It's the perfect conclusion to his career. The return to Boston to fight for a final world championship. This is more than a dream scenario; it's a dream scenario that is a very real possibility. ... [I]f he comes, it will be for one reason: It will be for the fans who gave him a standing ovation the last time he pitched at Fenway, the fans of New England who love the game and adored him even when he wore a Yankee uniform.
Mattysox at Stabbed By Foulke is outraged. Although I don't agree with everything Mattysox says, I do share his disgust at the idea of the Return of Fat Billy. Just stay in Texas, okay?
Q. Did Curt Schilling consult you on starting his blog, or have you spoken to him about it? Do you read it? How often?
A. Curt doesn't need to consult with us on his outside interests, but he does. I'm sure I talk with Curt more than any other player. Curt has more to say than anyone else. It's a very interesting blog and very well done. We're both emailers and I have a blog as well, it just hasn't reached the surface yet by design. ... I don't think many people have found the domain name it resides under. But at some point.