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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

AP: Clemens gets ring, still uncertain about future

Clemens picks up his NL championship ring, says some un-PC stuff:

The Clemens speculation tour came to Minute Maid Park on Tuesday as the Rocket and the rest of last year’s Astros got their NL championship rings. “If I’m going to get out here and decide to do this again, I’d have to really commit to it,” Clemens said. “That’s as far as I’m thinking about right now.”
....
He felt fine after the World Baseball Classic and left the tournament impressed by the quality of the international teams—and the devotion of the Japanese and South Korean fans. Remembering back to a Japan-South Korea game in Anaheim, Calif., Clemens said he took clothes to a dry cleaners and was told he wouldn’t get them back for nearly a week.

“They said, ‘You’ve got no chance,’ they told me,” Clemens said. “I said, `I’m going to get it tomorrow, right?’ And then she goes, `No chance, we’re going to the game.’ So we couldn’t get dry cleaning done out there, but I guess the neatest thing about them was there were about 50,000 of them at Anaheim Stadium, Korea and Japan.”

NTNgod Posted: April 05, 2006 at 04:46 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: April 05, 2006 at 05:24 AM (#1938808)
Clemens is a great pitcher but he is a racist. This comment isn't that bad but it is just more confirmation of my low opinion of the guy.

Clemens makes insensitive remark about Koreans.
   2. GregD Posted: April 05, 2006 at 05:39 AM (#1938816)
It's crude and not funny, but I don't think this particular comment is ill-intentioned. He's trying to be complimentary, and failing, rather than trying to denigrate somebody. It does confirm that he's not the brightest guy to ever tie his shoelaces.
   3. Smelly is a Firework Posted: April 05, 2006 at 05:48 AM (#1938821)
What was insensitive again?
   4. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: April 05, 2006 at 05:56 AM (#1938830)
The article has been altered as it seems that Clemens was not making a generalization. He was simply telling a story about his own dry cleaner, who happens to be Korean.

I still think Clemens is a jerk but the comment he made was not racist.

My bad.
   5. vortex of dissipation Posted: April 05, 2006 at 05:57 AM (#1938831)
I don't understand why it's seen as a racist comment. He's not making a stupid comment about "Chinese laundries" (or "Korean laundries") in general, he's making a specific comment about an incident that actually happened to him. And he's not trying to put down the owners of the laundry - he's complimenting them (awkwardly, to be sure) on their devotion to their country and the game of baseball.
   6. vortex of dissipation Posted: April 05, 2006 at 05:58 AM (#1938833)
Oops - I was writing my comment as #4 posted! Sorry about that.
   7. Rear Admiral Piazza Posted: April 05, 2006 at 07:38 AM (#1938891)
You mean a lot of laundries are owned by Asian people? What a terrible thing to say.
   8. gef the talking mongoose, peppery hostile Posted: April 05, 2006 at 03:52 PM (#1939226)
yeah -- & people from the middle east & india own & operate all the jewelry kiosks in the mall where i'm at. as soon as i submit this, i'll walk down the hall & berate them for strengthening stereotypes.
   9. bunyon Posted: April 05, 2006 at 04:00 PM (#1939257)
I actually think he's taking a swipe at American fans who are, relatively speaking, not all that energetic in their fandom.
   10. Johnny Tuttle Posted: April 05, 2006 at 09:29 PM (#1940214)
He's a particular kind of hat I can't refer to on new primer.

But I still have stashed away on my fantasy team!

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