If you tuned in to ESPN’s coverage of the final game at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, you saw a lot of tribute videos and interviews with famous New Yorkers who told you all about what the stadium meant to them. Of course, it wasn’t just us regular folk who were watching, as there were even some former Yankees watching at home.
One of those players was Roger Clemens. Clemens was at home in Houston watching on a battery powered television (like a lot of people in Houston, Clemens doesn’t have power), and when he saw one tribute video in particular, it broke his steroid-pumping heart.
From the NEW YORK POST:
Estranged former Yankee Roger Clemens was “heartbroken” when his former team left him out of Sunday night’s Stadium-farewell festivities, which included a video montage honoring the Bronx Bombers’ greatest pitchers - but not him, a relative told The Post yesterday.
Clutching wife Debbie’s hand on one side and mother-in-law Jan Wild’s on the other, Clemens tuned in to his final team’s last home game hoping for some recognition for helping win two World Series titles, Wild said.
When the team played the video celebrating its greatest players at every position, the steroid-scandal-scarred Clemens was nowhere to be seen.
“Debbie and I held his hand while we watched the game, and he was heartbroken,” said Wild, 70. “Not mad. He still loves baseball and the Yankees, but it was sad what they did to him.”
The video did include fellow Mitchell Report favorite Chuck Knoblauch (the fact he couldn’t throw to first base apparently does not keep him from being a great Yankee second baseman), and both Andy Pettite and Jason Giambi were there in person. Hell, Pettite even got to start the game.
Of course, Roger probably shouldn’t feel that bad about the whole thing. I mean, he only helped the team win two World Series titles. The man who managed them to four championships, Joe Torre, wasn’t shown in the video at all. No word on whether or not he spent his Sunday night crying on Manny Ramirez’s shoulder.
The Yankees released a statement saying that the omission of both Torre and Clemens wasn’t done intentionally, and it wasn’t meant as a slight, but I don’t think anybody actually buys that. I know I don’t.