astrologer and baseball fan, I share a unique perspective, writing
baseball profiles for several MLB magazines, and becoming official
astrologer on Oakland A's radio. As a New Yorker who grew up
near Shea Stadium, I'm always fascinated by the challenging connection
between Yankee Roger Clemens, who's a dramatic Leo, and humble
Met Mike Piazza, a Virgo. When passive Pisces Shawn Estes was
added into the mix, it made a strange brew indeed! From beanings
to bat throwings, the Clemens-Piazza duel continued on June 15th
at Shea. Hyped as a much-anticipated payback, this time the burden
fell squarely on non-aggressive Pisces pitcher Shawn Estes' shoulders.
Leo is the king of the zodiac-a
role that domineering Roger takes all too seriously. Yankees
manager Joe Torre says Clemens needs his "hot pepper"
persona to pitch. Others beg to differ, including a heavily armored
Barry Bonds, whom Clemens decreed he'd "introduce himself
to and his padded right elbow." Defiantly, he proceeded
to hit him in that exact spot, (apparently with no repercussions).
Players shouldn't go to the plate looking like the Michelin man
or manifesting blatant threats. Both behaviors are arrogant and
shouldn't be let off scott-free.
Virgo Mike Piazza's sense
of propriety downplays these power struggles, insisting the game
has a way of policing itself. Taking the high road, his bat became
his weapon as he unleashed a homerun. Clearly the best revenge
is living well.
For his rather mellow "message
pitch" behind Clemens, Shawn Estes was fined $750, declining
to appeal. Pisces are non-combative, so that was as much retaliation
as the Mets were going to get. Remarking this was the biggest
game he pitched in, Shawn pitched seven innings of shutout ball,
resulting in a Mets 8-0 victory. Adding insult, Estes belted
a 2-run homer off Clemens. Symbolically, Leo the lion got a thorn
in his paw and left the game early with bruised foot and battered
This Mets-Yankees rivalry is
sure to endure on the New York stage, with Clemens and Piazza
fated to play out star-crossed karma. The next match up is on
hallowed Yankee ground at the end of June. Check the schedule...there's
never a dull moment when these formidable opponents converge!
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