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ESPN Classic to show Roger Clemens’ start Saturday

Aug 23, 2012, 6:55 PM EDT

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Roger Clemens’ comeback outing for the Sugar Land Skeeters will be shown on ESPN Classic and ESPN3.com on Saturday night, with the game slated to begin at 7:05 p.m. ET.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Clemens isn’t exactly going on a media blackout for the affair; he’s slated to do a pregame interview for ESPN Classic and a postgame interview for ESPN’s Baseball Tonight.

It will be Roger’s first game appearance since he allowed three runs in 2 2/3 innings for the Yankees in Game 3 of the 2007 ALDS against the Indians.

The 50-year-old Clemens reportedly topped out at 87 mph during a workout Monday. He’ll be facing a Bridgeport Bluefish team Saturday that includes several former major leaguers, including Shea Hillenbrand (hitting .194), Joey Gathright and Willie Otanez.

  1. yankeesgameday - Aug 23, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    “Lets go, Bluefish!”

    Clap, clap… Clap, clap, clap.

    “Let’s go, Bluefish! Let’s go!”

  2. hojo20 - Aug 23, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Rocket will get his “B12″ injection an hour before his game.

  3. pinkfloydprism - Aug 23, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Yes! It is 1996 and he just signed with the Blue Jays to prove the Red Sox wrong…oh, wait… it’s not? Oh. HE’S 50!?!?!?!

  4. tfbuckfutter - Aug 23, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    F*ckin’ classic, man.

    -Mitch Hedberg

  5. ningenito78 - Aug 23, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Ah ESPN. Marches out Skip Bayless to shred all baseball players for PPD use Thursday and go out of their way to show one of the PPD posterboy’s minor league starts Saturday. ESPN- talking out of both sides of their mouth since 1998.

    • royalsfaninfargo - Aug 23, 2012 at 7:52 PM

      I couldn’t have said it better. Anyone who thinks espn has any credibility should get out more.

  6. flyeredup - Aug 23, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Maybe they can show Seka reruns after the game.

  7. lew24 - Aug 23, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Will he be tested for PEDs before the game?

  8. hushbrother - Aug 23, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Clemens, from the second half of the ’87 season through the first half of ’88, had probably the most dominant stretch I’ve ever seen a pitcher have, other than Pedro. It seemed like every time out he was throwing a complete game with 15 strikeouts. The heavy workload he carried eventually caught up to him and he faded down the stretch in ’88, and it would take a couple of years for him to get back to being great; he would never be quite as dominant again.

    He may be the most disliked athlete in Boston. Not saying that he doesn’t deserve to be (he frequently comes across as a dick/he went to the Yankees/he probably cheated) but it is kind of a shame, because he did amazing things for the Red Sox.

  9. proudlycanadian - Aug 23, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Why show this game? I hope that the ratings stink.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 24, 2012 at 2:40 AM

      thats because your team blows and even back in its so called hey day couldnt change that no matter what. Now its almost 20 years after the fact and your team should be put out to the curb with the rest of the garbage. Simply put YOUR team DOES NOT MATTER ANYMORE!! bye bye scumbags!!

  10. timb12 - Aug 23, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    ESPN Classic seems appropriate.

  11. mydadyourmom - Aug 23, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Haha Hillenbrand you prick..

  12. theawesomersfranchise - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:04 PM

  13. randygnyc - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    I’ll tune in, I suppose. A historically significant athlete, for many reasons, attempting a comeback at age 50. I’m compelled.

  14. tannethrill - Aug 24, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    How is he not getting Barry and the others together for this one? Bonds should just storm the field in a rage a beat Roger down. Parlay that into WWE contracts.

  15. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 24, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    Rocket the “real” fans will follow and wish you luck, the jeaslous MORONS like the jays fans obviously (all 4 of them) will write bad stuff and redsox a$$clowns (all 15 of them) wlll moan as well. But the educated fans will root big time for you as we know you should be a first ballot HOF’er as you are the greatest right handed the game has “ever seen” and of story, good bye, good nite. LOVE YOU ROCKET!!!

  16. theskinsman - Aug 24, 2012 at 3:27 AM

    Go away, you cheating,lying POS. Roidger can’t handle that he isn’t making millions, getting the needle in his ass ,banging 15 year old singers and showing roid rage on the field anymore.Only yankoff fans have selective memory when it comes to the only player who makes Bonds look good in comparison.
    Fade away, you cheating scumbag.Take your room temerature IQ fans with you,please.

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