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Roger Clemens shared awkward high-five after son Kacy’s hit (GIF)

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Roger Clemens high fiveKacy Clemens got Texas on the board Saturday against Vanderbilt with a 2-run single in the fourth at the College World Series, and his family in attendance knew that was cause for celebration. The only problem is the celebration didn’t go quite that well.

Kacy’s dad, Roger, was shown on TV exchanging some awkward high-fives. Hey, he always was more about speed and power than timing and accuracy.

GIF via @CorkGaines

Roger Clemens already plays old man softball

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Roger Clemens may be one of the greatest pitchers in MLB history, but he has wasted no time settling into the retired life and doing stuff that regular middle-aged men do. That’s right, The Rocket already plays old man softball.

A friend of ours passed along the team photo you see above, which shows Clemens along with the other members of the Hendricks Sports Management softball team. Hendricks is the agency that represents the former Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees ace.

We’re told you have to be at least 50 years old to play in the league, so Clemens barely makes the cut at age 52. You also have to try out and an actual draft is held. Softball pitching may be underhand, but I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of a relay throw or anything like that from Clemens. I’d also be thankful they use aluminum bats, because that means it’s less likely that Clemens will go all Mike Pizza crazy on anyone.

One thing’s for sure — he wears that uniform well.

Astros manager Bo Porter says his players were disrespectful to Roger Clemens

roger-clemens-skeetersThe Houston Astros should take all the advice they can get. They have not won more than 56 games in a season since 2010, and their record has gotten more embarrassing each year since. Last season, Houston won just 51 games. Given their resume, the players would be wise to listen when people like Roger Clemens speak.

Clemens is a special advisor to the Astros. He met with the team for a short period on Wednesday, and Houston manager Bo Porter was unhappy with the “disrespectful” manner in which his players carried themselves.

“Obviously, as an organization, we’re fortunate to have some people like Roger Clemens and Craig Biggio and different people that will come in throughout the course of the year and speak to our ball club,” Porter told the Houston Chronicle. “Out of respect to your teammates, out of respect to the people that take time out of their day that come out here, it’s the right thing to do to make sure that you are dressed and ready and attentive when that person shows up.”

A 51-111 team (that’s a .315 winning percentage, math people) should be particularly attentive. The Astros are the laughing stock of Major League Baseball. Is listening to Clemens going to make them a playoff team? Not quite, but it can’t hurt — especially for pitchers and catchers.

By going public with his frustrations, Porter is obviously setting the tone in his first season with the club.

Roger Clemens: Mike Piazza could use speed training in addition to karate

Roger-Clemens-Mike-PiazzaMike Piazza recently released his new book entitled “Long Shot,” and it has already produced an incredibly memorable quote about Roger Clemens. In the book, Piazza said that he took karate lessons to prepare for a fight with Clemens during the well-documented feud that took place between the two former All-Stars back at the turn of the century.

Clemens visited Houston Astros spring training over the weekend, and naturally he was asked about the excerpt from the book. The Rocket didn’t really take the bait, but he did throw a light-hearted jab at his nemesis.

“I wasn’t aware of that,” Clemens said, via The Houston Chronicle. “I didn’t see it. I just got a couple of texts that weren’t too pleasant about it. But, yeah, that’s great if he’s taking karate to protect himself. I don’t know.

“The only thing I remember is, didn’t he chase — he needs to go get with Jesse Owens or somebody on his speed, I think. He chased some dude around the spring training site one time, didn’t he, or something?”

As Hardball Talk pointed out, Clemens is referring to the time Guillermo Mota hit Piazza with a pitch in a spring training game and Piazza tried to fight him, but he couldn’t catch up to him. Clemens then made it clear that he has no hard feelings toward Piazza.

“He’d have to stand in line,” Clemens said of Piazza wanting to fight him. “I think there was about three guys on the Yankees that wanted a piece of me more than (he) did. He’d probably have to get in line. But in all seriousness, he’s a — I’ve gotten to know him at golf events. Todd Zeile, another good guy, and Robin Ventura — I’ve been friends with him. Some of these guys, once you get to know some of them, they’re fine. But, like I said, there was no intent there.

Yeah, I highly doubt these two guys like each other. If you don’t believe me, just as Piazza’s wife — she’ll give you an honest assessment.

Mike Piazza took karate lessons to prepare for fight with Roger Clemens

Mike PiazzaMike Piazza has a new book called “Long Shot” that is being released this week, and it has received a good amount of press coverage thus far thanks to the New York media.

In the book, Piazza denies using steroids; admits to using andro, amphetamines, Vioxx, Ephedra, and Dymetadrine; expresses his disappointment with the results of the Hall of Fame voting; elaborates on the rumors about him being gay; discusses his odd reaction to signing a big contract; and talks about a conspiracy he believes Latin players had against him.

The New York Times had a good review of the book with a few quotes from Piazza mixed in, and the New York Post had even more anecdotes to share. The Post’s review includes perhaps the best nugget of all: Piazza admits he took karate classes to prepare for a potential revenge fight with Roger Clemens for a July 2000 beaning.

Clemens, then with the Yankees, started matters when he beaned Piazza in a July 8, 2000 game. Clemens apparently called the Mets dugout during the game to apologize, but Piazza told him to stick it.

“I grabbed [the phone], threw it and said, ‘Tell him to go f–k himself,’” Piazza says in the book.

According to the Post’s review of the book, Piazza says he began “taking karate lessons and visualizing the next time” he and Clemens would go at it.

“I would approach with my fist pulled back. I figured he’d throw his glove out for protection. I’d parry the glove and then get after it,” Piazza writes.

The next incident between the men occurred during Game 2 of the World Series when Clemens splintered Piazza’s bat and chucked one of the pieces at the Mets catcher. The revenge fight never materialized for Piazza.

“There were complications,” he recalls. “The least of them was the realization that Clemens was a big guy, and I stood a pretty fair chance of getting my ass kicked in front of Yankee Stadium and the world. That was a legitimate concern.”

Now that’s a damn shame. Had he gone through with his plans, we could have seen a repeat of Chan Ho Park’s spinning kick on Tim Belcher. I’m thinking that reading this book might be worth it just based on this story alone. As for Piazza’s wife’s thoughts on the matter, well, those are pretty notable too.

Roger Clemens responds to Hall of Fame vote with Twitter note in odd font

Roger Clemens received just 37.6 percent of the necessary 75 percent to make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first appearance on the ballot. The seven-time Cy Young Award winner probably thought he was taking the high road when he shared a note over Twitter about the matter on Wednesday, but he still came off seeming bitter.

The note was every bit as funny as Clemens saying he “misremembers” while being investigated for steroids use. It was also notably written in some sort of funky font you would expect out of an elementary school kid.

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You know that it has to sting a guy like Clemens to not get in. He and others may say otherwise, but making it into the Hall of Fame is exactly why these guys push so hard in training and on the field. Clemens didn’t work his butt off his entire career only to be shut down by some nerdy writers with calculators and pocket protectors who don’t “look at the facts.” You better believe he wants his name immortalized on a plaque inside that museum.

Roger Clemens reportedly sold real estate to provide for family in case he went to jail

Roger Clemens never wavered over the past several years in defending himself against steroid accusations. His attorney, Rusty Hardin, insisted no reasonable jury would have enough evidence to convict Clemens of perjury, and Hardin wound up being right when The Rocket was acquitted over the summer. However, it would seem that there was a time when Clemens wasn’t fully confident in what the future held.

According to the NY Daily News, Clemens sold real estate before his trial over the summer with the intention of liquidating some of his assets to provide for his wife and children in the event that he was sentenced to federal prison. Steven Kaufman, the president of the mortgage company that bought a building in which Clemens’ charity was housed, reportedly said that Clemens and his partners sold the property because the former MLB pitcher was preparing for the worst.

“They moved out in preparation of his pending verdict,” Kaufman said.

Kaufman said his company, Zeus Mortgage in Houston, closed on the building on June 8 — just 10 days before Clemens was acquitted of six perjury-related counts.

Naturally, a spokeswoman for Clemens’ charity denied that the move had anything to do with the trial and said the organization moved to another site because it was “more convenient” to combine its warehouse and office spaces.

Liquidating assets to protect his family does not necessarily mean Clemens was admitting any sort of guilt. You never know what can happen in a trial. This was a trial in which two jurors were dismissed for falling asleep, so strange things were already happening. Then again, Jose Canseco even said Clemens never took steroids. What more did he need to prove his innocence?

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