Larry Lucchino, on Roger Clemens, via the Providence Journal:
The current [Red Sox] ownership group, which has made great strides in alumni relations, wanted to mend things with Clemens, too. When the Sox attempted to sign him in 2006, they commissioned a video to play for him in an effort to woo Clemens back to Boston for the end of his career.
“He did say,” said Lucchino, “that after our effort about reaching out to him, he felt much better about the organization.”
But after demonstrating a willingness to meet Clemens more than halfway, the Sox seem to be backpedaling. They were largely unstained by the release of the Mitchell Report and, of course, they’d like to keep it that way.
Had things gone differently, had Clemens accepted their offer to return in 2006 or 2007, the Sox this spring would be up to their necks in talk about steroids and human growth hormone. What did the Red Sox know and when did they know it?
“Certainly,” said Lucchino, “when we look at last year and the (minimal) contributions he made to the Yankees pitching staff and the ultimate success we had, I guess we were lucky.”
Instead, the Sox’ hands are clean. For now, the Sox are just one of Clemens’ four former employers. As his trouble worsens, Clemens’ relationship with the Sox grows more distant, his time here more and more removed.
And after a period in which they tried to re-establish ties with Clemens, one gets the distinct feeling that that’s just fine with the Red Sox.
Thinking of all this, I wonder if the Yankees will invite Clemens to Old Timer’s Day this season, or, to the ceremonies on the day of the last game at (the current Yankee) Stadium? Doubt it.
Clemens is now the Philip Nolan of baseball.