The stuff that movies are made of — Roger Clemens at 50

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This is the stuff that movies are made of.

Fifty year old former major league Pitcher, Roger Clemens just pitched three shutout innings for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League.
Interestingly enough, the Skeeters also have three other former major league pitchers on their roster — Scott Kazmir, Jason Lane and Tim Redding. But none of them are fifty years old.
So why is he pitching again? It could be that he’s having a mid-life crisis and wanting to recapture his youth, but he already did that years ago, playing until he was 45. More plausibly, it could be that the competitive fire still burns within him, and golf doesn’t quite scratch the itch. And it could also be that if he pitches to one batter in the MLB again, his hall of fame bid will reset, giving voters another five years to vote him in.
In that five-year span who knows what could happen? People might reconsider.
Clemens has always been an individual, and done his own thing. Did he cheat? Probably. Did he do the right thing by taking the tact, deny, deny, deny? No, for someone whose attitude was, “I don’t give a damn what anyone thinks about me”, he was in congruent by not saying, “I cheated, so what?” Personally, I would have respected him more for being real and thumbing his nose at society. But it appears that getting himself into the hall of fame is what he really wants, and admitting to the deed would make it impossible for him to get in.
Who knows how it will turn out? Clemens says he’s just pitching for fun, and won’t rule out a return to the MLB, but meanwhile, you’ve got quite a story here. How many 50 year olds get a second chance to do what they love?
Regardless of who the guy is, you have to admire his chutzpah. If he does get back to the major leagues, (and Houston Astro scouts were at the game) it will be an amazing story.
By all accounts, the Houston Astros are a mess. They need a feel-good story to help them get off the canvas. Officials from the Kansas City Royals were also in attendance but they deny any interest in signing Clemens.
Four months ago, on April 17th, 2012, Colorado Rockies pitcher Jamie Moyer became the oldest pitcher in major league baseball history to win a game at 49 years old.
The oldest MLB player of all time was 59 year-old Satchel Paige, who pitched for the Kansas City Athletics in 1965 came out of retirement for three innings vs. the Boston Red Sox.
Satchell said, “Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” Roger Clemens has taken one step to following in Satchell’s footsteps.
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