Roger Clemens' Son Will Catch for Sugar Land Skeeters Pitcher on Friday
Roger Clemens' career comeback blurs the line between circus sideshow and an honest attempt to return to the pitching rubber.
According to FOX 26 Sports director Mark Berman, Clemens will be caught by his son Koby when he takes the mound for the Sugar Land Skeeters Friday night.
The 50-year-old pitcher had this to say in Berman's report:
This is cool stuff. Having Koby (my oldest son) back there to catch a game will be great. I'm glad he's getting the opportunity to do so. We will have many special guests there to watch. Thanks again Sugar Land.
The report mentions that Koby was released by the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this week for this to happen. Baseball has seen father-son duos before, but this is something completely different.
Clemens, at 50, is making his second professional start since 2007. He threw 3.1 scoreless innings for Sugar Land on August 25, but that wasn't with his son crouching behind the plate.
Koby Clemens was a Double-A prospect in the Toronto Blue Jays organization hitting .218 with five home runs and 17 RBI in 41 games this season.
There's no doubt that this is a thrill for all parties involved. Koby grew up in the midst of his father's career. He did play alongside his father in the Houston organization in 2006, but that was when Roger was still in baseball.
Now, the elder Clemens is five years removed from a career that included seven Cy Young awards. He had a solid opening start with Sugar Land, but we don't have any specific idea as to where this thing is heading.
Clemens may never get another chance at the major league level, but he's clearly going to make the most of the opportunity he has been given.
He mentions that special guests will be on hand Friday night, and anything short of a sellout is hard to imagine for this rare spectacle.
It's not every day that we see a 50-year-old athlete trying to reinvent his career. Allowing his son to be a part of that journey adds another twist to this saga and will have everyone waiting for the results.
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