photo by Samara Pearlstein
I know I just posted, but I read this in today’s Boston Globe and started making happy dolphin noises out loud, which I figure means that I absolutely have to share it with you cats.
The article is about Koby Clemens (son of the infamous Roger), who is an infielder/catcher in the Houston Astros system. Behold.
The organizational hope for the younger Clemens is that he’ll be the next Brandon Inge. [Astros assistant GM Ricky] Bennett worked for the Tigers when Inge was a young player, and when he looks at Clemens, he sees the same skills.
“I’ve talked a lot to him about Inge,’’ said Bennett. “He came up as a shortstop and then we moved him to catcher and then he got moved to third and the outfield.
Clemens is just fine with the Inge comparisons.
“If I could ever be a player like Brandon Inge and play in the big leagues, that could be a dream come true for me,’’ Clemens said. “That’s what this is all about.
Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe
THE NEXT BRANDON INGE. You guys. You guys. This means that Brandon Inge has become a goal. People aspire to Brandon Ingedom! The Astros’ ORGANIZATIONAL HOPE is for Brandon Ingedom to be achieved! I mean, there are loads of young ballplayers who would love to become The Next Albert Pujols or The Next Pudge Rodriguez or The Next Mariano Rivera… even The Next Roger Clemens, But Without the Steroids and General Odiousness This Time Around. But The Next Brandon Inge!
More specifically, the fact that Roger Clemens’ kid would consider Brandon Ingedom to be “a dream come true” is inexplicably but undeniably hilarious to me.
Good luck with your dreams, wee Clemens! If you work hard and develop spectacular defensive skills and cultivate a sense of humor to cope with your small stature and grow some highly suspect facial hair, maybe– just MAYBE– you can one day be as glorious and blog-beloved as Brandon Inge.