Roger Clemens hyped it as his final game as a Major Leaguer.
The New York Yankees were playing the Florida Marlins in Game Four of the 2003 World Series.
Florida trailed the series 2-1 and looked to starter Carl Pavano to even things up.
In front of an international audience Clemens gave up a two-run opposite field homer to rookie Miguel Cabrera. Derrek Lee followed with an RBI single. Clemens then settled down to pitch six scoreless innings.
As he struck out Luis Castillo to end the seventh, the crowd of 60,000-plus fans at Pro Player Stadium gave the future Hall of Famer a standing ovation. So did the Marlins dugout.
Seven years ago the right-handed pitcher was loved and respected.
When he decided to come back the following year with the Houston Astros, it was just another elite athlete postponing retirement.
But for a ninth inning rally by the Yankees, Clemens would've lost his final game, but Ruben Sierra bailed him out with an RBI triple.
With a maximum penalty of 30 years, the seven-time Cy Young Winner could face jail time for allegedly lying about taking steroids or HGH to Congress in 2008.
This time none of his former teammates can come to his rescue.
Clemens is on his own now.
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