TheYanks04 wrote:Why is that selfish? Last I heard this is a free country and he was a free agent and could do as he saw fit. He did not owe the Astros (or any other team for that matter) a thing. Play, not play, play in June, sign with Texas, Houston, NY, Boston, or TB for that matter or for whoever paid the mostest for the leastesr as they say.
I just find it amusing that some people are blaming him or doing what he wants to do and for not doing what the Astros may or may not have wanted him to do. Blame the Astros management as that is where the fault lies. Not with the player. And I am no Clemens fan, but implying he owed anything to anyone or any team to decide in March as opposed to whenever he felt like deciding is totally ridiculous imo.
He's free to do whatever he wants. But when he waited till half way through the season to come back when I believe he planned on going back to the Astros the whole time. He decided to pick himself over the team, that is pretty much the definition of selfish. He isn't the only reason they are out of it, but I think he had a hand in it.
No one was holding a gun to the Astros owner's head saying "You will wait for Clemens to tell you when he is ready and you will sign and pay him". He was a free agent. He could do what he wants when he wants. Astro management had to plan accordingly. If they gambled that Clemens would come back in April then they were foolish and it is their own fault. A free agent can do what he wants to and sign whereever he wants. Clemens did not owe them ANYTHING.
Again, I just do not understand why people are trying to pin Clemens for this wrap. Clemens is no angel and you an call him a mercanery, selfish for money and a lot of other things. But calling him selfish for not signing with a team in April is misguided and trying to blame him for what is CLEARLY imo management's fault. The job of a GM is to build his team. If Clemens was non-commital, the Astros should have moved to plan b well before April. It is not like they were being held hostage by Clemens. They were not guaranteed he would return or return with them for that matter.
Like I said, they were cheap and did not want to spend on bats. The only reason I suspect they spent on Clemens was the guaranteed increase in their attendance. Blame them for a bottom line mentality and not really caring about wining. Blame them for being inept and/or imcompetent if you want to also. But blaming Clemens for management's mistakes or cheapness seems pretty ridiculous to me.