During the last game at Yankees stadium, many past players that meant a lot to this organization were able to take the field one last time to be cheered by the New York fans. It was a nice ceremony where many players that have meant a lot to this city throughout many generations were honored on the very field that made them legends. But many fans were taken aback by the absence or lack of mention of two former Yankees that were meaningful to this teams championship era: Roger Clemens and Joe Torre.
I happen to agree with not inviting Clemens. This wasn't a Yankee farmhand that pitched the team to the playoffs, he was an expensive free agent who joined the team after they had already begun their championship run in hopes of winning some himself. That, and he's currently rolled up in an investigation concerning his use of performance enhancers throughout his time with the Yankees. He looked awful before the media, and even worse before congress. Nothing has been proven, but that's beside the point. Clemens is someone who "retired" from the Yankees and then took his retirement Hummer down to Houston where he picked up a new contract to go play for them. Then he did his whole, I'm the "belle of the ball" routine for two seasons while the Astro's, the Yankees, the Red Sox, and the Rangers kept adding zero's to their checks in hopes that he'd take. This isn't Willie Randolph, Whitey Ford, Goose Gossage, Don Larsen, or Derek Jeter. Was there mention of Orlando Hernandez, Doc Gooden, Hideki Irabu, or Ramiro Mendoza, all of which were apart of those championship teams? I'm just not all that convinced that Clemens needed to be brought in for this.
Torre on the other hand is a different story. The fact that the Yankees made no mention of him despite being the manager that led the Yankees to their 4 most recent World Series Championships is unexcusable. I've heard people say that he should have been invited to the ceremony, which I disagree with, but they definitely needed to mention the man. The reason I don't agree with the invite idea is that Joe Torre is managing the Dodgers, and needs to be focused on them. He had a game that day, and it simply wouldn't have been appropriate to skip out to be at his former stadium. At least that's my opinion.
So, what do you all think? Should Clemens and Torre have been mentioned or invited to the final game, or do you think they did not merit the effort?