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Roger Clemens, Red Sox Hall of Famer 8-14-14

Aug 14, 2014|

Roger Clemens joins MFB to talk about his career. his relationship with the other inductees, and his chances of going to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Red -- off an induction day here at Fenway Park to immensely Maloney Christian Fauria Jokester -- with the call is a Red Sox hall of Famer as of today and the man that authored that performance is a Red Sox hall of Famer. As of today as well he's joining us right now at Fenway Park Roger Clemens. Roger thanks much for joining us enough for street actually asked this Nomar when he was on a few moments ago first reaction that -- when you were notified that your ornaments optional thing. Well you know when you when you have a ceremony like this. And it's you know really. A place you know obviously Boston's a place I got started in and got my nickname in in relief. You're going to it's for me I reflect on -- a lot of people that I need to give thanks to. You know that's what I you know I've always thought about -- -- goes scalp that you know the other signed me put my name on his sheet to say draft me. Number one here in Boston in Nam. Way back when when I came out of the University of Texas of course so. I think about the and more than a handful of times that I had a empties it now -- jockey. And different functions we had in winner in Florida or here Fenway Park and just how great she was to me in my family in you know again I was 2122 years old so. I think those -- things that when today's -- we're gonna. And off to Chicago tonight to go watch her youngest but I think when I make my notes reflect on that those people that you know thank the most. Really took a chance on me you know that your -- -- Little bit of the pressures that go with being number one -- and things like that so. I knew what was coming to Boston. I didn't see. You know when I was at university takes a number -- release all a lot of Boston's scouts always on the Rangers masters and I think that year. I think the Astros. Who who were playing tonight here's our plan nine I do little work for the Astros had. You know what that Rangers had a third pick of the country that you're in 1983 draft and there masters and the fifth that the Rangers took I think the shorts I mean -- comical. In the Astros to catcher and Hammurabi lines so the only thing relation and I knew that. And it you know was in it draft it was the Dodgers and I think did the right behind Boston so. Again I can only know what I know now and looking at scouts and doing things and -- our advance scouts. When they have to continually put you know come up with the number one -- and put their name next big guys it is the Marley and on the big leagues. You know I think and for doing. And you leave here right -- to -- -- went two cy young's and then you go to New York deeper and most pinstripes you know people appear on you she proposed pinstripes and and that did the booster coming out. Did you ever think that this day was gonna come given how he kind of went afterwards. And I never -- you know again I didn't really even know that the -- the the Sox had their own all -- know we have done. Some really cool ceremonies before but -- in knows that this this magnitude so. It's it's really it's really him. You know just feel very thankful I mean now again. I did take did take two years -- and deter on fighting go like some guys and jump right from the Sox but he -- the Yankees but. You know I look at that suited I was so fortunate especially with my boys here and were run around home in Houston. And you see the black and white films novels fortunately with the two most historic teams ever in pitch in the the same thing goes with the ball parks and -- -- and so. You know you turn TV on you -- children round or you see them -- reviews in his speech in Austin right there and worked my tail off them in both those. Both those cities and in those ball parks but. Just so rich in you know so the the histories bankrupt -- one -- to -- of a dose of a lot of people look at NC he chose New York he chose New York what was what was going through that time there's talk W Boston New York -- in New York. Well I didn't -- play first of all on that you know -- -- at the right people then call. You know I just -- more -- players I think in new York and you know knew Brian -- quite a bit I was actually in my garage in the forming on that deal and it was. -- pretty comical when you have one the manager did unions -- -- -- -- right now that's why I'm just kind of watch just got swept in cleaver somewhere over there that none bigger quality you're ready was the next question you're kidding me. And I says it that bad -- -- what we need in our fourth or fifth slot but we need more in the club house are bouncing page if we can -- -- so. It was a lot of work to do a lot of work at night and in between all the other stuff my foundation everything else that I'm picturing -- busy with in the offseason so. It was a lot of work to do -- to come back and feel like you know you can. Be a little bit of what you were before as your digit advance -- -- -- and achieved in the you know hold appearance of the deals so it was. It was a lot of work and thank goodness my body still responds it's very well. So you're going to root page -- no one Josie saw her story. You told you'll see a while back and I'm sure it was about the back in 1986. When you're trying to -- here the big states that the christianity to -- 86 right. We get stuck on store drive. And the end of throwing twenty starts you kind of just you know. Tells that story -- it's crazy because I've been trying to go to Angela stated what time during a snowstorm I never thought this park my car does well there. It's 00. -- what happens your car. Yeah right so first of all let me say Nomar and Pedro that's really cool I get to go at them but. Joseph Castiglione and I think Joe's scene and called everyone in my starts on on the -- I know every win but every starts I think it's really cool that. You know we saw each other in Houston and he was excited about that the store you're talking about is. I left for the ball park like and normally do I'm not one of those guys to get here to a clock for 7 o'clock game but I like it there a couple of hours before in the market and egotistical about story go into that mode and start stretching get ready get re -- so my wife and I DeVon are driving and in our car and I guess there is a either operator concert on store drive there at the in the concert area. But I could see this it to a science I was I was. Well within my time to get there and then after we didn't move probably four car links and half are start to panic I had a golf shirt on and jeans and boots and now. Until -- -- look. This is arms dumps are notes -- little bit here and so I popped the -- to go get some running shoes on take my boots off and as camera in my boots off by here reprieve for you know siren of what I thought it was a police car. It was a motorcycle police officers civil what's to and then as soon as I turn brown hold on and I just called up. As soon as I turn around and he saw my face he is -- on tiger yes in Eagles are yes. And so thankfully he kind of split the sea with his bike and we stayed right behind him. I get to the clubhouse and it was like one of those things we knew what the door open all your teammates are -- -- like you got three heads. My pitching coach bill Fisher was panic in and they call me right into the manager's office never gonna scratch me from the start us -- please don't do I don't have to answer these questions like let's do this and I dressed as quick as possible we sprinted to the bullpen. I had it extremely. And at temple -- what you don't believe I don't think after the strike at my thrown. 20/20 530 pitches maybe and bill Fisher was on the phone a couple of times I think used to -- some might get ready to go this is going to be short lived. And the rest is history as anyone out there and. We did put your shoes on -- rusty I thought you got a car to your boots off put to running shoes on and just got a nice leather wallet -- before your parents. Well I should go up front and try to help the knocks them in jail but. It into the parking lot and got injured just in time that in scratch me. And you punch out to one in after the game that the -- -- bill Fisher tells me get here whenever you wanted to. I didn't and the thing that he loves like the second Thomas did it be in. Bill Fisher minority about him yet he still holds a Major League record for not walking I think it's like 89 consecutive innings. In both those games at the high rated Speedo was on him walk anybody -- those games and that's what they remind him Roger clemens' news. So when we come up with a list of all time great Red Sox pitchers who should be higher you're -- -- you're going with today and Martinez. I don't think you want publicized deal love it because cy young's let's price it higher and -- I knew your essay that I -- UNICEF site and should be -- -- -- well that's -- why -- -- collective. Again you know to be able to win the award -- named after him and he came through here. And two. -- -- the questions from the the big -- -- you know -- had a 192 when I'm tied with these I just think that's really cool and I think there's a reason for biko's. You know side holds schedule please and and mind heart and my family's art in -- moment test with that -- in. When I see is numbers -- mind boggling -- forced Pedro goes had a chance to talk to him number of the few times. One in particular I think we had a hundred year deal. And it was great talking to -- him in understanding. You know I think the thing that he talked about the most who's watching my mechanics and thinking that. You know that no one really I was pretty fortunate I don't know about him coming up because -- in no young Pedro and -- when I got the really watching when he was in the middle and on top of -- game. Com. I was -- was to watch how he was able to keep his mechanics together via regenerate the ball. You know get the ball that -- The thing that makes him great with the other guys when they as -- electric Herschel has -- purple Pedro is change it was Tuesday. -- -- three. Pedro buzz is Kareem Garcia. The whole thing happens with him everybody regrets rest his soul great man. When we we sort of sat there and -- almost waiting for you to -- somebody who almost waiting -- -- -- -- the -- realized -- he's just trying to get everybody out. You came up in a mini which will be wasn't really that close I -- well what what exactly where you can post Alter that dug -- compared to what we -- again. Well first of all it was a it was. And pretty intense that you know at first of all you have to have both teams are very competitive. Tell people they say about the Red Sox announcer at the Red Sox yankees -- our rivals the blue jays and yankees -- good. Then -- got competitive I go over to the Yankees in both teams are going for the same trophy and then both teams are stacked with great players. So you have the great rivalry coming back in the intensity is there. Pedro goes up and and I guess you Horry threw behind scream like you said and so then you know winning games like debts are happening you have the magic bullet so you can just sit around and wait now Manny he wants out of the game -- he knows he's funny on so he wants out -- time high strike really if it's six inches -- -- strike. And he goes crazy and next thing you know we see this. Bald headed man across the field -- we thought it was David Wells it has but yeah. Excuse me so but it was them in you know. Really Pedro and his cattle oh lady in little bit like bull charge union and but then from the rest of the game if you know the guys are swearing in terrible because like -- you've got the magic bullet and dependent on how the game goes like I tell people. I played 24 years. And I tell kids pitching inside I learned how to pitch inside here at Fenway Park and do it against the guys like Don Baylor in lives and skiing in Kingman unified didn't get the ball in there when he won it -- a long way over that monster. Also -- on the -- pitch inside not to hit people you pitch inside to make a seventeen -- -- a 24 inch plate. Now having said that over 24 years -- In twelve games that word you got out of hand in this somehow fell on my lap which actually like a couple of pitchers here we have some. Heated conversations that. During the game -- the score need to be even if you will even though. And they didn't do it if -- in my game the next day which I really didn't lie because you know they can handle it the day before. But in those games and I tell people into your use this year intimidating intimidating you win if you don't win you know very intimidating. First of -- so you have to you have to be winning in in my job really -- a pitcher with my mechanics and keep in my shoulder closed. My job is when you're hitting on me on what you feel very uncomfortable the plate that's pitching hitting at the game within a game. And so that that's part of it but. Again there is games that you had to go out there and cleanup and yet the -- with those guys are part of your family and you know years you were trying to achieve. A common goal with all those guys so. But. You know sometimes they match me up sometimes I would. Be pushed back even here to pitch against Randy Johnson just keep everything -- -- -- throw -- -- -- -- some donors won't get away from there you keep the -- keep the score even. If you wells but now. Roger Clemens with -- you're going in the red socks off and today do you maintain hope for Cooperstown or to receive all the PD politics preventing that I can't control and that all's I can do is what I did not prove my case what the facts and and everything that I need to do there I can't control. I find it com. Kind of weird that people have to vote on how good you worry you war anyway. And most on -- never have played the game so I don't really put a lot of stock in it either way so people. I know most the guys at the hall of fame in Cooperstown at stake in the boys do it plays and they have. A bunch of mighty. Memorabilia there that we go launch on so I have a great time there anyway but. If that happens great. I still -- -- and that. You know was when he's in Jim Rice but I called him -- in. He -- in -- to -- -- I don't know how many years in -- 810 years I got it right right to the end pretty much yeah fifteenth so I had -- I called -- -- -- congratulations I don't know I got better in ten years but that -- get in I don't know if you get a bunch of home runs in -- -- pick -- semi -- -- one but but congratulations. Like I said -- -- enough to be in or you're not I don't I don't get the punishing again are making ago waiter visa visa. If they think he's -- of -- you should be in amazing thing they did with Visio Craig Biggio is a hall of -- should be. A visual bags Bagwell piazza is the kind of blows my mind about him on the record saying I think that you deserve to be in all things. Is that every year at that -- -- -- of eight years left right they cut it down ten whatever it is but going through we talk hall of fame voting your name comes up you know the discussion. You know what is that like for you every -- you know kind of come enough. Well when you don't pay a lot of attention to it as is not an departing family kids we know his. -- we don't we don't go we don't worry about that day at home we're so busy and you know hallmark hall of fame dad to them in and I'm not the rocket and that's just the way we go about life the hall of fame and even today. Like I told though -- earlier that I'm gonna give you know I give thanks to people. Of why I feel that I -- where was that I'm a strong willed mother and grandmother my father passed when I was young so. Today I'll reflect that those are things I'll reflect on as my mother. Pass and wave them disease in my grandmother's things like that. I have no control hall of fame is not gonna change me as a person are highly in my life. I will. I will stop people from saying things that are not true about me and in things like that in people that are just trying to make money off via. And like -- that I deal with facts and we deal with facts and and I expect and I look for the good in people wanna look for the bad in -- more than they're coming after you for one reason the other so. We don't spend a lot of time and -- -- to be honest with you so it's not against not gonna change.

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