My friend Adam yesterday sent me along one of the best columns by Bill Simmons, the noted writer, Red Sox fan and author of "The Sports Guy" column at ESPN.com. Back in 2001, Simmons was asked by his bosses to write a column about why Red Sox fans hate Roger Clemens so much. With all the palaver about The Carpetbagger's return, I thought I would share the column with all of you. (I think that old Thomas Nast cartoon from the 19th Century seen here really applies, especially with the updated bag he's carrying. He looks a little like Clemens too, don't you think?)
Even though column was written nearly six years ago, it really does ring true today. This column was also included in the wonderful "Now I Can Die In Peace" book that Bill Simmons put together after the Red Sox championship in 2004.
And the column also has the perfect name too: "Is Clemens The Antichrist?"
I'll leave it for all of you to decide that. It's great reading, as well as funny and rather infuriating at the same time.