I was watching Baseball Tonight the other night and as they were in the middle of a 20 minute fellatio fest regarding Roger Clemens’ first win in about a month, I thought to myself: Is this the worst contract in the history of baseball? For those of you who don’t know, Clemens made his first start on June 9 yet he is getting paid 28 million dollars by the Yankees. 28 million dollars for four months. To put that into perspective, the entire Tampa Bay Devil Rays roster will be making 24 million dollars for the whole season. Clemens himself is making more money than an entire baseball team and he’s only playing 2/3 of the season. Now for that kind of money he better be the best pitcher in baseball and be leading the team to the playoffs. Not quite. Clemens is a very average 2-3 with a 4.26 ERA while the Yankees are three games under .500 and 12 games out of first place. On top of that, the Yankees are 2-4 in his six starts. Below average stuff from a guy making more money in one season than any player ever has. Now, back to the point of this being the worst contract in baseball history.
Some people will point to the contracts of players like Kevin Brown (7 years, 105 million) and Mike Hampton (7 years, 121 million). However, these players were hurt for the majority of these contracts. They didn’t have a chance to hurt their teams in any way due to the fact that they weren’t able to play. Clemens, on the other hand, is losing games for his club. Others will point to ARod’s contract (10 years, 252 millions dollars), yet he is making less money per year than Clemens and has put up incredible numbers over the duration of his contract which has at least helped his team win games. There have been other contracts that have been given to crappy players, such as Chan Ho Park’s (6 years, 65 million dollars) or Denny Neagle’s (5 years, 51 million) but these players lost games for their teams for much less money than what Clemens is doing for the Yankees.
Not only is Clemens making an assload of money for such a mediocre season, he has ridiculous stipulations built in that allow him to take family vacations while the team is on the road and he isn’t scheduled to start. However, the worst thing about all this is that Clemens is a giant douchebag that actually believes he deserves the special treatment. What kind of asshole puts himself ahead of the team so blatantly? If I were a member of the Yankees I would have been vehemently against this signing. Why does Clemens deserve special treatment over players like ARod, Posada, and Jeter who actually contribute to the team? Could you ever see Greg Maddux, who is equally as good as Clemens, pull something like this? Of course not, it takes a very special douchebag to think so highly of himself.
It’s also a great thing for baseball that Clemens is sucking. Can you imagine if every player tried to pull the same stunt? What if Pujols decided to sign one year contracts for the rest of his career? He could start a bidding war every May, play from June on and collect ridiculous amounts of money from teams out bidding each other. Luckily for all of us, Clemens is unique in his arrogance. His frosted tips are fucking sweet though.
This has nothing to do with Clemens at all but I stumbled across this article the other day and was in complete shock. Why anyone would be compelled to buy this crap is beyond me. YAHOO!
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Posted by BigLots at 2:41 PM