I haven't seen this written about anywhere, but last night in the post game interview, Schilling gave a 2-minute shout out to Clemens. For the most part, it was an open invitation to return to baseball.
Now...with that said...
If Clemens were to return, when would he have to resume "baseball activities"? I would think within the next couple of weeks (like 2-3 weeks).
What could Roger take from this season so far?
That the Sox are finding ways to win the games where they don't score a lot of runs. That they are playing ridiculous defense. And that there pen is strong. Also, the Sox have ridiculous depth at almost every position. That Schilling, Beckett, Clemens would be an unbelievable combination of starters.
Conclusion? The Sox could very easily contend for the Series this year.
But, what else?
That Houston is off to a 10-5 start. That without leaving Texas he could also contend. That if he joined the Astros in the NL, that they could possibly run away with the pennant.
However, is winning the NL enough?
Are the Astros strong enough to win the series?
Are the Sox?
And let's not forget the Wild Card NY Yankees. They will need pitching. Randy Johnson (let's finally face it) will NEVER return to the dominating guy he was for the entire season. Mussina will not hold up for the entire season. Chacon is already out of the rotation, and Aaron Small won't save them. Also, too many teams will be in contention for the Yankees to go and trade for someone...Basically, Roger could get $20MM for half a season from NY.
But, I have to say that Schill might swing the vote. Schill is setting a silly pace for the rest of the pitchers in the league. Last year Roger did that. Schill can tell Roger what it is like to win a WS in Boston. He can play that sentimental card. And, let's face it, the Sox would run away with Clemens in the rotation. As it has been said many times before, Roger would come full circle in his career and wrap it up with a championship in Boston.
Where would you go?