Here is the e-mail my colleague Kevin Devaney sent to me regarding Clemens:
My assessment on Clemens is that he’s ready for the majors. Obviously, the Yankees need him. And based on tonight, he’s clearly ready to go.
Clemens said he’ll throw a bullpen on Wednesday at the Stadium and a decision on his future will be made. Gene Michael and Billy Connors were also both sold on his stuff tonight and will recommend he get called up.
When I say that, I’m not just looking at the stat line, either. He was sharp with all four of his pitches, threw his splitter and slider for strikes â€” which he didn’t do consistently in Trenton â€” and he did a great job of mixing his curveball in to keep guys off balance. His fastball was around 91, but when you’re secondary pitches are that good, 91 is sufficient.
There was a strange scene at the end of Roger’s press conference.
A local reporter asked what seemed like an innocent question. “With all the negativity out there, how nice is to come to places like Tampa, Trenton and Scranton and get such a great ovation from the fans?” he said.
Roger heard it different, as here was his answer:
“If you want to be negative, be negative. Iâ€™m not. Iâ€™m not a negative person. You can be negative as much as you want. When I stink and I donâ€™t pitch well out there, I know I stink. I donâ€™t need you to tell me that. I have pride in what I do. Iâ€™m going to pour my heart out right there for you to see it. Iâ€™ve done that since I was 20. I got that from my mother. So if you want to write, and other people want to write â€” everything has to be negative these days. It also has to be negative. Iâ€™m positive. Iâ€™ll always be positive in my mind and it wonâ€™t end. I donâ€™t want to be around negative people so I donâ€™t associate with any of them. If it makes you feel good to write negative stuff, then go ahead because youâ€™ve never been in the arena. You’ve never been in this arena to understand what itâ€™s like. So keep that in mind because people read your column and they associate things with me that are not true. I hear you’re answering questions and I’ll answer your questions so the 10-year old out there doesnâ€™t confuse it. And you can tell how passionate I am about it. OK?â€?
Clemens than slammed his fist on the table and left.