After his game on Friday night where he went 4.2 more scoreless innings for the Sugar Land Skeeters, here's what he had to say to Fran Blinebury of the New York Post about his potential comeback:
Well, not this year, but we’ll see what happens after that. I’m not going to rule anything out. I don’t know what Koby is going to do, where he ends up. I hope to end up probably in February with the Astros, put on a uniform and help those kids. That’s probably next.
Of course, this could mean something as simple as going down to spring training as a special assistant coach, but the dreamer in me wants to think that he really wants to make the team out of spring training.
In his mind, the comeback must be getting more tantalizing by the appearance. Now, he has pitched in eight innings, given up three hits and allowed no runs. While the Atlantic League is a far cry from Major League Baseball, there are some former major league players on that circuit.
I know that if I was having this type of success, I would want to see if I could regain some of what I had earlier in my career. He might be older, but I highly doubt that his competitive spirit has changed at all since he was one of the best pitchers in baseball.
As of the time I am writing this on Sept. 9, there have been no more developments as to whether or not the Astros legitimately have interest in him this season, but it seems as if the media circus isn't nearly as finished as I thought it was just five days ago.
This whole situation kind of makes me think of the old Douglas MacArthur quote:
Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.
Clemens is still a pitcher, and he still wants to be a pitcher. Even though he is definitely showing his age, he isn't done yet. There will always be some part of him that wants to get on that mound. Now, the question is whether or not he will actually get back out there and keep going.
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