The first outing of Roger Clemens’ return to professional baseball at age 50 was surprisingly successful, so Clemens agreed for a second go-round with the Sugarland Skeeters. With his son Koby behind the plate as his backstop, Roger Clemens threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings, throwing 33 strikes in 52 pitches and giving up only 2 hits in a 4-0 win over the Long Island Ducks in front of a record crowd of 8597 at Constellation Field in Sugarland, Texas. Clemens earned the W in his second start with Sugarland, while Koby hit a double in four at-bats as the game’s catcher.
It was a great night for father and son, just don’t expect it to be the last tune-up before a return to Major League Baseball.
“I don’t see that happening, because I know my recovery time right now and I think I pushed my body and my shoulder to where it needs to be. And so, again, I don’t see that happening. It would be fun. There’s no reason why I couldn’t do it next year,” says Clemens, who punctuated his appearance for Sugarland by sharing a hug with his catcher/son on the mound. ”I haven’t done that (hugged his catcher), and I’ve never been driven to the ballpark by my batterymate, either. It was nice having somebody to chauffeur you to the ballpark. All in all, it was a great night and a really special night for me. … I’ve had some great backstops, and now I can add my son to the list.”
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