Roger Clemens arrived in Kissimmee, Fla., on Tuesday to, well, work out I guess. Why is Clemens welcome at Astros training camp while Barry Bonds is universally shunned? Answer: A). Clemens has two functioning knees, B). Bonds is not a Republican, C). Clemens gives better quotes, or D). All of the above. The answer of course is D! Example:
Roger Clemens arrived at the Houston Astros' minor league clubhouse on Tuesday and walked straight to a fenced-in bullpen to greet his oldest son, Koby, a catcher in the Astros' system. He snapped at a photographer who started clicking pictures. "This isn't a zoo!'' Clemens barked.
That's a great quote. Of course, Clemens is wrong: Baseball is the ultimate zoo, steroids or no. You watch exotic creatures in an enclosed grotto, and occasionally one gets loose and mauls a spectator.
Clemens refused to respond to any questions concerning steroids or his recent appearance before Congress, and said he has no plans to play this season, but still wants to stay in shape for some reason.
The 45-year-old Clemens also dodged a question about whether he would consider playing again. He said he's still staying in shape, running and lifting weights regularly. He's running in a charity race in Houston on Saturday. ``I don't want to get put in that situation,'' he said. ``At this point, I don't plan on playing. But I've said that for three years. Next thing I know, I'm tying up my cleats for real.''
But a real reason that Clemens is welcomed with open arms at Astros camp? Both he and Astros owner Drayton McLane Jr. are big-time Republicans and GW Bush supporters.