September 5, 2007

Schadenfreude 25 (A Continuing Series)

Joel Sherman, Post:
Roger Clemens was the last player to join the rest of the Yankees yesterday for the team photo, and that, on this day, felt just right.

He flirts between being part of this team and being a team of his own. Whatever you think of the Joba Rules, the Rocket Rules have been in place longer and are dictated by the player, not the organization. The organization, in fact, mainly just sits around and all but says, "Thank you, Mr. Clemens. Whatever you need, Mr. Clemens."

Yankees doctors, according to the team, determined Clemens has inflammation in his right elbow. ... [Clemens] attempted to make the injury sound worse and himself sound bigger for it. He was setting up yet another - everyone yawn now - John Wayne moment when he comes strolling back into Dodge to save a pinstripe town. ...

The Yankees entrusted that exact decision to Clemens on Monday afternoon, and he looked as if he were doing a Mike Mussina imitation rather than being truly capable of beating the Mariners in a vital game. ... [H]e will go to Houston, follow his own healing procedure and dictate when he returns to the rotation, all while the Yankees are trying to eke into the playoffs.
Vic Ziegel, Daily News:
Can the Yankees make it into the October merry-go-round without Grandpa Roger? ...

Joe Torre says Roger will sit out Sunday's game. He would probably say the same thing if a mosquito came too close to the big guy. The part that must worry the Yankees, the thing Torre can't explain with his usual warm bowl of milk, is what happens if MRI No. 2 doesn't make everything hunky-dory. ...

But before October becomes a month that has no meaning for the Yankees, take a hard look at Clemens' numbers. After 16 starts, he's 6-6, and the Yankees were losers in three of his four no-decisions. His earned run average has jumped to 4.45. Those are numbers only Mike Mussina would be proud to own. ...

Right now, nobody knows how serious it is with Clemens. Or even if it matters. After all, if you've seen one 6-and-6 pitcher you've seen 'em all.
Meanwhile, since the ghosts and goblins seem to have vacated the Bronx, the Yankees are now putting their faith in a squirrel:


That may not be such a good idea.

9 comments:

tim said...

Just to show that I'm not completely one sided on the issue, on the pleasant side of advertising...these ads are pretty awesome.

mrsnydes said...

maybe if clemens showed up in spring training he could build up the arm strength needed to make it through a whole season.

he's a well-paid distraction and i'm glad he's not with the sox.

Mainecatwoman said...

They were stupid to put so many eggs in the Clemens basket to begin with. Typical knee-jerk Steinbrenner garbage.
At the very least, this will probably put the bidding circus of the last couple of seasons to bed. I see lots and lots of golf in Roider's future.

SoSock said...

he's a well-paid distraction and i'm glad he's not with the sox.

AMEN - except I might say OVER-paid

L-girl said...

Awww Tim, don't disappoint me! Ads can be creative and funny, but you can be 100% one-sided when it comes to not wanting so damn many of them in our game!

Iain said...

After all, if you've seen one 6-and-6 pitcher you've seen 'em all.

Ouch...

tim said...

Ads can be creative and funny, but you can be 100% one-sided when it comes to not wanting so damn many of them in our game!

Oh yeah, I'm 110% behind ya on that one, but that was just a reference to advertising in general. Everything is branded, however I thought those particular ads are worthy of gracing our world since they're cool.

90% of ads are just blatant shit with no creativity, I'm a fan of ads like the ones in that link. They were so creative that I don't even know what company most of them were for!

Woti-woti said...

The worst (or best) example of branding I've ever heard is Mattel. They manufacture zero toys in the US. They outsource everything, put their brand on it and make a fortune. Merry Christmas.

L-girl said...

Why Mattel and not the hundreds upon hundreds of other "US" (hmph) brands that do the same? Almost nothing is manufactured in the US anymore.

Although hating Mattel is fine with me.

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Tim, I do appreciate creative advertising. The best ads display a huge amount of talent. If only those were the only ads we saw...! We'd have about 90% less advertising in the world.