Roger Clemens is pitching for Class AA Trenton tonight. Kevin Devaney of The Journal News is down there and filed this report:
By 4 o’clock here today at Waterfront Park, the parking lots were jammed, the roads were backed up and the seats were starting fill up. Most of the attention, however, focused on the mysterious Big Green Bus.
My inside source (some guy waiting on line for the bathroom) tipped me off about a bus parked beyond the right field wall, insisting that Clemens himself was inside. I laughed but went over there just in case.
About 50-75 fans were waiting with baseball, jerseys and pens in hand. The Big Green Bus was parked along the curp, idling with very little activity going on inside through what I could see. There was a security presence, which led me to believe Clemens was actually on the bus.
I waited about 30 minutes and, sure enough, Clemens was confirmed to be inside. After a gofer carried Clemens’ bags and boxes off the bus, including a clear garbage bag with his Trenton Thunder uniform inside, Clemens stepped out at 5:30.
By this point, security had moved everyone back about 50 feet. But as soon as Clemens leaned over to sign a ball for a fan who somehow got within 10 feet of him, the mob rushed in. Security tried to stop it but Clemens was clearly not bothered, so they let them through. Clemens signed for about three or four minutes before hopping in the Suburban and being shuttled the 300 yards into the stadium.
While Clemens was signing and the guards were watching the crowd of people, I alertly hopped on the bus for a peek. It was nothing special â€” a line of leather couches, a dining and kitchen area with some food on it. The driver said there was a bedroom in the back.
So essentially, I stood for 30 minutes outside of a bus where Clemens might or might not have been taking a nap. Yes, this is the life of a traveling reporter on the Clemens Trail.
I’ll check back throughout the game with updates.