Mike Cope's blog

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

We did, indeed, get to see Roger Clemens pitch. In eight full innings he gave up just four hits and two runs -- which actually RAISED his ERA to 1.30 for the season. And with that incredible ERA, wouldn't you guess he's about 10-0? Nope. He's pitching for the Astros. He's 3-3. Yesterday, when he left the game, they were behind 2-0. After relief pitchers came in for one inning, they lost 9-0. But just watching him is amazing. The guy is 42 -- just six years younger than I am. His fastball is no longer 98 (usually around 90 now), but he's smarter. He's hitting corners and throwing different kinds of pitches more often. Lots of cameras clicked every time he faced Ken Griffey, Jr. Remember when he was supposed to be the GREATEST PLAYER EVER? And his first several years in Seattle made it seem like that might be true. Alas, a trade to Cincinnati and injury-after-injury have made him a so-so player. But he's still Ken Griffey, Jr. Today we return to the BONE GUY to see how Chris's back is doing.


  • Growing up in New England, "The Rocket" was my hero. I'm sure watching him pitch in Houston is exhilarating, but seeing him mowing batters down at Fenway Park is a dream.

    Roger still has it, amazingly enough. No, not the 20 strikeouts kind of "has it," but the "make baseball a better game simply because of my presence" kind of "has it."

    By Blogger Steve Jr., at 5/31/2005 06:01:00 AM  

  • Mike,

    Tell Chris I'm praying for him and let us know what said BONE GUY says.

    By Blogger Joel Quile, at 5/31/2005 06:17:00 AM  

  • AMEN to Joel's prayer, AMEN!!

    By Blogger Kathy, at 5/31/2005 07:44:00 AM  

  • btw - while you're all talking about the Texas "team" - may I remind y'all that San Diego Padres is considered the best in the league right now!!!! [Whoopin' and hollerin' in celebration!!] :>) :>) :>)

    By Blogger Kathy, at 5/31/2005 07:46:00 AM  

  • Watched my Angels cough one up yesterday while you were watching Roger. Came back from a 3-2 deficit by getting two runs in the top of the ninth and gave them right back in the bottom. Sigh.

    Here's my dilemma for the day. If our teams can make us cry like this, and there are no tears in heaven, does that mean I'll never get those seats behind home plate on the other side of the veil? And if there's no baseball up there, what amazing alternative does God have in mind?

    By Blogger Thurman8er, at 5/31/2005 08:22:00 AM  

  • Gotta love the Rocket. And your timing is interesting, too -- I blogged about Greg Maddux today! Check it out here if you're interested.

    By Blogger Matt Elliott, at 5/31/2005 08:56:00 AM  

  • I'm praying for Chris's appointment too. Hope everything goes well. Let us know!

    By Blogger Heather A, at 5/31/2005 12:17:00 PM  

  • It's kind of sad that a pitcher with such a low ERA could end up with a losing record. Guess that would hurt the chances for yet another Cy Young award even though he's still so dominant. There's no doubt he's been tremendous for Houston baseball though.

    By Blogger Chad, at 6/01/2005 03:53:00 AM  

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