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Speculation, sure, but if Clemens stays healthy and motivated - is 400 wins really out of the question? Imagine if he pitches until he's 47 or 48 - passing Walter Johnson in wins might be possible. Wow.
Has Clemens learned to throw a knuckler? ;)
Weird, right? Is it that Roger is a Great White Hope like Ryan, in his old age? Fans and writers used to love to paint him as the villian. No longer.
I'm sure that all the usual suspect hitters like Bonds, Giambi, Sheff, etc., whether they are juicing or not, have similarly insane workout routines in order to maintain their hugeness, but it hasn't made for as good a story in the writers' eyes for whatever reason, so we never hear about them.
I was watching RC on ESPN the other night and my God his fastball moved! Drifting right up in the zone and out of reach; he had wicked stuff. If he cultivates better off-speed stuff, he could pitch another half-decade.
So did he juice; frankly, I feel like one of the few people in the country who doesn't much care; I'm pretty libertarian when it comes to drugs, and that includes steroids, HGH, and assorted PED's. If you can drop windowpane out there, and if you can actually play, fine by me. Steroids giveth, steroids taketh away.
With the hitters, its easy to look at their home runs stats and say, "Wow, there's a big difference between here and here." Bonds, Palmeiro, Sosa, Giambi - they all fit that profile. Even McGwire does, to a point. Not so easy to do that with Clemens.
On an amphetamine witch-hunt, boy, that would make Joe Morgan's recent arguments fall apart, huh, seeing that "the players whom the game belongs to - Aaron, Mays, Robinson" etc all had more than enough greenies flowing through their blood, I'm sure. What a moron.
I saw a TV special which documented Clemens workout. SICK. 3-4 hours of non-stop, engineered, brutal exercise, 6 days/week.
I got sick watching it. When Petite (10 years his junior) started working out with Roger, he said initialy, it all but killed him.
What you accomplish physically is much more a product of condition then age. You don't think that Arnold, Stallone and any number of athletes at 50 can blow the socks off the average 35 year old?
Did Nolan Ryan do steroids?
Roger has 4 kids and an incredible legacy. For him to be doing 'roids this year would be stupid beyond my ability to express it.
Geez.... we're seeing steroid users bbehind every tree.
Anybody know the story behind El Duque (why we didn't sign him)? He was cheap enough. Murcer said the FO wanted our pitching to get younger (as they signed RJ and prayed Roger would be available at the break).
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