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Roger Clemens: Will he matter?

You must have heard the news by now, Roger Clemens is coming back to the Yankees. I do not think anybody thinks he is going to be the clear cut leader to start at the top of their rotation and he is probably more like a 2 or 3 starter at this point in his career.

There is one thing the Yankees really need from Roger and it has nothing to do with how fast he can throw, how many games he wins, how many strikeouts he tosses….they need his attitude. The old Roger had a I do not give a F*ck who you are, I am going to throw inside, I am going to brush you back, I am going to hit you. Just ask Mike Piazza if he liked having a broken bat thrown at him. The Yanks need the attitude. Torre is managing a clean “we are better that, we will not retaliate” approach to things and the Yanks do not need that. Their pitchers need to protect their hitters.

In today’s game versus Seattle, the Yanks finally had some fire. Josh Phelps went hard into Johjima at home and took him out of the play, then Washburn hit Phelps, both sides were warned and Proctor came in and pegged a guy to start a bench clearing almost brawl.

The Yanks need the intensity, they need the fire Roger provides. Wins will be great but the desire, the fire and intensity will be far more valuable. Now Yanks fans just need to keep their fingers crossed that Roger is coming to NY to do more than collect a paycheck, he needs to change the mindset of the pitching staff and get the pitchers fired up. Roger can be the missing piece to the rotation but it will only be the case if he brings his “A” game intensity wise and teaches the rotation and bullpen to take pride in their team, protect their teamates and regain some of the confidence they have lost through the troubles the pitching staff has encountered this year.

As a Yanks fan, I am hoping Roger is coming to town as a mentor and a leader. This is really what the Yanks need at this point in the season. Welcome back Roger!!!

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May 7, 2007 Posted by | Mariners, MLB, New York, Roger Clemens, Scott Proctor, State of the Yankees, Yankees | 4 Comments