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Roger Clemens will participate in the Astros’ tribute to Mariano Rivera

Aug 3, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

Roger Clemens AP

Assuming the Yankees don’t make a run at the postseason, Mariano Rivera‘s Hall of Fame career will come to an end September 27-29 against the Astros in Houston. And a familiar face will be there to pay tribute to the all-time saves leader.

According to Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle, Roger Clemens has agreed to be a part of a pre-game ceremony for his former teammate. The seven-time Cy Young Award winner has a personal services contract with the Astros and served as an instructor during spring training earlier this year. Each team has given Rivera a special present as he makes his farewell tour around the majors and the Astros and Clemens plan to do the same.

Rivera and Clemens were teammates with the Yankees from 1999-2003, winning two World Series titles. Rivera notched the save in Clemens’ 300th career victory on June 13, 2003.

  1. psuorioles - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    I wish Roger Clemens would just go away…

    • ezthinking - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      Clemens helped lead them to their one and only World Series. Pitched Game 1.

    • k1222 - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      Roger is a good old white boy, him and the other “white” steroid and PED users will always be welcome in the eyes of White America, it is the “minorities” who were PED users and suspected who will always be ostracized

      • hitwithafade - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        this getting pretty comical the stuff that is coming out– I am beginning to think the activists who pushed Gay Marriage are now wearing Al Jolson blackface paint

      • Sean Williams - Aug 3, 2013 at 3:22 PM

        That’s the dumbest thing I think I’ve ever read regarding PED use in baseball. In case you hadn’t noticed, Clemens is one of the most ostracized men in baseball. Nobody can stand the guy, and this coming from a Yankee fan who grew up idolizing Clemens.

        Also, Mr. D.J. Short, you seem to have forgotten that Mo and Roger were also Yankee teammates in 2007, as well.

    • hitwithafade - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      I am sorry PSU’s demise has left you a victim empathize with Roger all he had was a guy trying to cop a plea on a felony testifying against him– The same Mitchell Report that castigated him pointed a finger at our Orioles too–while obfuscating real criminal behavior in the Boston Clubhouse

      • Old Gator - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        Come on now. Eating chicken during a game hasn’t been a capital offense since King John signed the Magna Carta at swordpoint.

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        Was that last year?

      • wetmorepsu12 - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:29 PM

        PSU’s demise? Yeah they’re really struggling, just being ranked one of the top 50 institutions of higher education IN THE WORLD. Idiot.

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    The Astros might want to rethink this one. Rivera exudes class. Clemens does not.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      A final opportunity for Mo to display the character that makes us admire him so much. Perhaps he will make Clemens slum by delivering pizza to the little people with him.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      you might want to rethink that AA is a good GM and that the bluejays are going to make the postseason someday. Aint gonna happen, no can do!

      • Old Gator - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        Add complete irrelevance to the thread at hand to your long list of personal failures, poor dim One Note Harry.

      • vivabear - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:05 PM

        Dirty Harry – Kettle
        Old Gator – Pot

      • Old Gator - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:53 PM

        Vivabore only shows up when he has another complete asshole to run interference for him. Made up any new grammar rules this week, little guy?

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:38 PM

        dirty harry= hammer
        old dirty gator= nail

  3. aceshigh11 - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Lemme guess…

    He’s going present Mo with a bronzed bat shard signed in blood by Mike Piazza himself?

  4. penale52 - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    They were also teammates when rocket made that little return in 2007

  5. gatordontplay - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    you and every Astros fans agree. I will never understand how the astros previous and current ownership continue to kiss this guy ass and have him part of the organization.. they value him more the biggio and bagwell.

  6. buffal0sportsfan - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    They’re gonna offer him a contract!!!

  7. imnotyourbuddyguy - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Juiced his entire career

    • Sean Williams - Aug 3, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      I wouldn’t argue with you if you said from Toronto-on, but to say he was juicing in Boston is a completely baseless claim.

  8. theskinsman - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    I think it would be much more appropriate to have Roidger at A-Fraud’s last game. He can present him with some syringes and his new book,’how to nail 15 year old girls’ . The class of the Yankees. Not.

  9. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Nice to see the haters are out in full force but to me and im all that matters around here anyway this is perfect. Mo and Rocket were the best at what they did, 100 years from now when all the tards on this board are pushing daisies somewhere and you are all forgotten about. Real MLB fans will look back at this time and Clemens will be considered the greatest righty that ever played and MO will be the greatest closer in the 1 inning saves era. Both showed great sportsmanship and class like no two players before or after. I tip my cap to Houston for coming up with this idea, brings a tear to my eye.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      I don’t even know how you can put class and Clemens together in one sentence with a straight face.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:38 PM

        Its not hard, the guy was a great teammate just ask guys like Jeter, Mo, and the boys. Greatest right hander ever and the guy had some bogus junk said about him and he was proven innocent in a court of law. Case closed, end of story, ballgame over, don’t want to hear about it anymore!


      • Old Gator - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:13 PM

        Clemens is the perfect hero for a nobody, since even poor dimwitted One Note Harry can pick him up off the dumpster behind the Hall of Fame – which is as close to the Hall as Clemens is ever going to get.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        Oooh oooh I wanna play.

        Roger Clemens frequently cut class when he ‘attended’ San Jacinto North JUCO.

        I wonder what excuse Mindy McCready used to get out of her middle school class to go meet Roger Clemens.

        I could go on all day but I am trying to dial it down.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:04 PM

        Wow, that dial must go to 11.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:05 PM

        It used to be stuck there.

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        Why not make 10 a little louder?

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 3, 2013 at 3:58 PM

        …..These go to eleven.

    • ilovegspot - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      At least Clemons wife had the guts to admit her steroid use. Roger is such a dirtbag that he threw his own wife in front of the bus. ZERO class Clemons. The Astro’s should not let this lose near their stadium and sully a great mans day.

      • Old Gator - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:15 PM

        If Clemens had any class, he would have repelled poor dimwitted One Note Harry like Skin So Soft.

    • tuberippin - Aug 3, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      That time he picked up a chunk of broken bat and went to throw it at Mike Piazza?

      Stay classy, Roger Clemens.

  10. jwbiii - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    I’m not sure about class or the greatest righty ever, but he sure was damn good for a long time. If he and his employers wish to use him in a ceremony to honor an outstanding former ‘mate, that’s fine with me.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      Your not sure? 7 Cy YOUNGS, 350+ Wins, 4,000+ K’s, 2 WS Rings, 2 or 3 pitching triple crowns, I can just go on and on and on here. At the end of the day, nobody is even close, that’s not to put down the other right handers its just being truthful with myself which a LOT of folks around here cant seem to do. Some hate me cause I tell you the way it is but im always talking baseball and im always talking facts. Truth hurts some folks especially the 6 bluejay fans that exist in this world

      • Old Gator - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        Yep, and most of it juiced. Sorry poor little One Note Harry, your infantile animadversions have made it possible for most folks here to understand that it is precisely the stench of Clemens’ fraudulence that attracts you like a fly to the dumpster where his legacy now resides.

      • ilovegspot - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        7000 HGH injections + 6000 steroid injections + 2000 Fetility doses +10,000,000 + 1 bat thrown at Piazza + 1000’s cheating on wife. + 1 wife in front of bus and + 4 children too. = Loser Hall of Fame with Afraud

      • jwbiii - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        You can make a pretty good case for Walter Johnson.
        – Led his league in wins 6 times v. 4 for Clemens
        – Led his league in strikeout 12 times v. 5 for Clemens.

        Both pitcher wins and strikeouts are largely effected by the overall environment of the game. Starting pitchers pitched more innings during Johnson’s era, so he figured in more decisions. (They didn’t pitch that much more often, though. Johnson’s top marks for starts were 42, 40, and 39; Clemens’ were 36, 35, and 35.) Batters struck out more often in Clemens’ era, so he has more career strikeouts. I realize that I’m bordering on a strawman argument here, but I don’t think that many people will make the argument that career K leader Nolan Ryan is the greatest pitcher ever, although I have heard that argument before (generally I buy the proponent of such an argument another drink and try to change the conversation to football or hockey, since they’ve clearly been hit in the head a few too many times). Obviously, there was no Cy Young Award during Johnson’s career. Johnson won two MVP awards, Clemens one. Once again, environment: Johnson played in an eight team league, Clemens won his in a 14 team league. You would not be unjustified for throwing that fact in to argue against Johnson’s superior league leading stats. Johnson leads in career shutouts by a large margin and a career ERA a run lower than Clemens’, but once again, Johnson pitched in a lower run scoring environment. Their career ERA+s are very similar.

        My point is that there are several pitchers you can make a reasonable argument for, and Clemens is certainly one of them. It’s not obvious.

      • ilovegspot - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:32 PM

        Walter Jhnson didn’t have to take drugs to get his stats like Roider Clemons did. Your comparison is a joke like you and Roider Clemons.

      • jwbiii - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:32 PM

        I feel like I’m writing this for the 100th time. I should just save it and I could just paste it.

        What we now call steroids have been around baseball since the 1890s. Here’s the first documented case:
        James “Pud” Galvin is a Hall of Famer. If you don’t think that a fantastically successful player who openly said he used a particular drug would cause other players to use that drug, then I seriously question the drugs you are on, or not on, as the case may be.

        What we now call steroids were not named until they were synthesized in the 1930s. Back in the good old days, they were called testosterone extracts. They were used during WWI, especially for gas attack casualties and were considered miracle drugs. Christy Mathewson, Ty Cobb, and George Sisler all served under Maj. Branch Rickey in the Chemical Corps, charged with training U.S. soldiers to defend against gas attacks. All of them would have certainly known about the purported powers of testosterone extracts. This didn’t work out so well for Mathewson, who was wounded in a training exercise and died of a respiratory disease a few years later.

        After the war, testosterone extracts were popular on the snake oil circuit.

        To opine that any player after 1890 or especially any player after WWI was not using what we now call steroids is ludicrous.

        For a good time, type “babe ruth testosterone” into your favorite search engine.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:41 PM

        hey old fart can you say “proven innocent?” I bet you can if you really try? Go on give it a chance old man. I hope the AC isn’t working in your room at the nursing home this entire month and I hope the heater stops working in Jan and Feb!!

  11. unclemosesgreen - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    As much as I personally dislike the Rocket this seems harmless enough.

    True story – saw him 16 years ago Christmas shopping with the 3 young K-Kids at FAO Schwartz in New Yawk. They were coolly spending tens of thousands of dollars with a personal shopper who then opened an empty register for them. Talk about a Papa Grizzly – it’s always fun to see someone like that in normal sized perspective. My overwhelming impression was – Jesus he’s huge – like giant-sized. TV doesn’t really show that as efficiently as a ground level eyeballing.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      Clemens was kinda like Joe Montana, If joe wasn’t on your team, you hated the 49’ers and im guilty of that but at least I was honest to admit I would have loved to have Joe on my team. I mean Joe was a class guy, kept to himself just like Rocket so there was never a reason to hate unless he was going up against your team

      • Old Gator - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:19 PM

        Well, there was the small matter of not knowing at the time that he was a chemically inflated fraud.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        Or if he came up with your team, got fat and out of shape, signed out of town and out of the country, hooked up with PED’s and came back stronger than ever. Then you might kinda hate him some.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        I never hated a team just because Clemens was on it, but he did carry my dislike of him from team to team. I was always happy he *wasn’t* on my team, because then I’d be in a quandary about cheering for him. I was most fortunate then. There are few players I dislike more than Clemens.

      • jwbiii - Aug 3, 2013 at 3:32 PM

        Joe Montana didn’t hit on 15 year old karaoke singers as far as we know. Roger Clemens did. If that’s a “class guy” in your world. . . I’m having a tough time finishing this sentence, how about. . . we have very different definitions of the word “class.” I have already acknowledged that he was one of the best pitchers ever, and I sure enjoyed watching him pitch, but “class guy” was certainly not his strong suit.

    • ilovegspot - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      HGH and steroids make him huge.

  12. larrybrown43 - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Good for the Astros. Push back from the tired meme. Clemens was great.

  13. cocheese000 - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    But will arod be there for Mariano’s last game…..

  14. ilovegspot - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Clemons is a disgrace.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      How could anyone possibly hate the late great Clarence Clemons?

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        They don’t like saxaphones.

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      That makes him a hero in Texas and New Yawk.

  15. throwedoff1 - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    ilovegspot you are so correct I can’t believe anybody even remarks in a good way about him on here

    • Old Gator - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      Well, hang around a little bit and observe poor dimwitted One Note Harry in action upon other stages. You’ll understand pretty quickly that it’s just a matter of lowlives sticking together.

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:40 PM

        Sounds like DirtyDipshit is just another New Yawk a$$hole, spreading the hate that goes with living in the sphincter of the Universe.

      • Old Gator - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:55 PM

        I know it sounds like that, but the truth is that poor dim One Note Harry is in a class by himself.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:44 PM

        New Yawk? Who said anything about boston jimee? That’s how they talk up there junior, they don’t talk like that in New York. Obviously you never been there but hey I understand

  16. 48colorrainbow - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    It doesn’t seem right that Roger Clemens can participate in ceremonies at major league ballparks but Pete Rose can’t.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      Clemens was PROVEN INNOCENT IN A COURT OF LAW!! Pete wasn’t, NExt!!!

  17. ilovegspot - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Didn’t Clemens have an affair with a 15 year old girl that wound up committing suicide? Clemens wife is an admitted steroid user mr drtyharry.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:47 PM

      I don’t care if Clemens wife snorted ants on her sidewalk that has nothing to do with the MLB GOD. And all he did with that 15 year old was give her advice in her early career, even she said there was nothing more until much later on so get your facts straight a spot

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