The game started at 1:09 p.m. I figure Roger Clemens was done for the day around 1:35 or so.
But there he was after the game, taking questions from us about one of the worst starts of his career. This was about 5:30 p.m.
But what really impressed me is the story I heard from Tara Sullivan of The Record in New Jersey. She approached Clemens on Wednesday with some questions she had for a feature story. Roger asked her if she could wait a day and said he would be happy to talk to her after his start.
Sure enough, he did exactly that. Clemens spent 10 minutes or so with Tara before leaving.
Now this may not sound like a big deal to some of you. But many athletes in the same situation would have been long gone by the time we got in the room.
It has been my experience that success on the field and accountability off it are often intertwined. That isn’t always the case (see Bonds, Barry) but in the case of Clemens, it certainly is.
That is the kind of thing you hope rubs off on kids like Phil Hughes, Jeff Karstens and Joba Chamberlain.