One of, if not the greatest, major league pitchers to don a uniform, Roger "the Rocket" Clemens will pitch in Lexington Legends ballpark on Wednesday night. The Game is slated for 7:05 pm. Roger Clemens said he is excited to get his son Koby Clemens, who's been on the disable list for some time, going again. Koby has been on the disable list since late April due to a compound fracture on his pinky finger on his left hand. "I think the kid's ready to go and get back in the swing of things," the Rocket said.
With better run support, something he didn't get much of last year, what does he expect to get accomplished upon his return to the Houston Astros on June 22? "First of all I'm sure the guys are tired of hearing about me because things are not going as well as they would like them to," Clemens lamented. "My first question would be for those guys to get things clicking and get their confidence up. I know the pressures on me to come back and get myself going and regardless of how I fare I'm going to do what I enjoy doing and that's to pitch baseball and stroke their emotions as best I can. I enjoy doing that and I have three or four guys that are my pincushions that I can bounce stuff off of when things aren't going good for me."
The enthusiasm that this event has generated is off the charts. All of the 6.017 fixed seat in addition to some 3,000 more were sold in about eight hours. "We could have sold 25,000 seats – I'm sure of that," General Manager Kevin Culp stated. Allan Stein, the CEO of the legends had a list of twenty friends that had either e-mailed or called him seeking tickets. What were you able to do for them, Allan? "Nothing," Stein said. He said he's had ticket request from Mexico, Australia, and Spain.
Stein said he has a friend over in Chevy Chase that runs a frame shop and he will have a block of the tickets framed.
Stein, who once ran a restaurant call 803 South, said the strangest request was from a lady from Florida that she was in town and dropped by the restaurant. The restaurant closed 22 years ago and where the building was is now a Speedway.
Roger Clemens said his sisters are excited because they haven't seen Koby professionally. Rocket said Koby is going to be happiest see him get out of town.
The Rocket said the guys on the legends tended to stand back and watch, "but when they see that I'm not going to bite, they begin getting a little closer."
One of the fun things during Rocket's visit will be the silent auction for the kids. That will entail 9 to 18 years youngsters getting to bat batting practice off of Roger Clemens at a thousand dollars each. Culp said Clemens wants that money to go for an upgraded whirlpool and new carpeting.
ESPN is scheduled to cut in on every Roger pitch and every Koby at bat.
Clemens said some of these youngsters have bounced around to three or four different organizations and don't have a set routine that they can trust. "You'd be amazed a how many of these guys don't have that and that's something that we hope to do."
"I could care less how many wins I get," he said. "We were in the World Series last year and there's not a better time. I just want to be playing in that time."
First, the impossible dream – Minor League baseball in Lexington – and then an even bigger dream, the Rocket pitches in Lexington.
Clemens to pitch for Legends
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