(SUGAR LAND, Texas) — The rocket man is back. Fifty-year-old Roger Clemens will pitch for the Sugar Land Skeeters, an independent league team, on Saturday.
Clemens last pitched during Game 3 of the American League Championship Series in 2007 with the Yankees and is looking forward to his game against the Bridgeport Bluefish.
“I’m 50 years old. We’re just going to go out and have fun with this and make it fun for the fans,” Clemens said on Tuesday. “People are trying to ingrain that in my mind that 50 is now the new 40,” he said. “But I’m not buying it because I’m still having to pack myself in a lot of ice.”
Clemens isn’t committing to playing more than one game for the club and will make the call after his performance on Saturday. The seven-time Cy Young award winner was found not guilty on all six counts of lying to Congress in 2008, when he testified that he never took performance-enhancing drugs on June 18, 2012 and isn’t worried about the Hall of Fame voters think.
“Sure, the Hall of Fame is great, I’ve told people that. But it’s not going to change my life either way,” the 11-time All-Star said. “But if there’s something there that somebody feels like they have a grudge or want to hold something against you, I can’t control that one bit.”
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