What’s next after Roger Clemens’ debut?
By Elsa Maxey
After mosquito spraying had taken place throughout Sugar Land, this past Saturday’s Skeeters game at Constellation Field against the Bridgeport Bluefish, with 7,724 fans went down as a historic moment. It showed what some said was “a lot of love” for 50-year old Roger Clemens, former famed Astros pitcher and a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, sporting his No. 21 Skeeters shirt. This was his debut performance with a team that formed earlier this year and has been playing since April.
Clemens’ return to baseball with the Sugar Land Skeeters has generated a lot of excitement locally. It was also “Rotary Night” at Constellation Field for the sold out event the organization had reserved in advance. ESPN covered the game live, and there were throngs of media folks on the field and all over the stadium catching the excitement to share with others.
Clemens threw a curveball and a split-fingered fastball, said baseball aficionados, who also reported a total of 37 pitches on his part. Twenty four of them were strikes, and he allowed only one hit in 3 1/3 innings against the Bridgeport Bluefish. He was clocked at 88 miles per hour. A report indicates that not all of those qualified leaders in the major league average 88 miles per hour and the average is between 91 and 92 this year.
What’s next for Clemens? Ice, he said, after the game. No other plans or any kind of move is reported at this time. But, he’s back in the limelight… or perhaps, the spot light. “Maybe he’s going to buy the team,” wondered one of the game spectators.