Roger Clemens Quotes
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"I wasn't scared (during his first at-bat). I just told them (Mo Vaughn & Kevin Mitchell') to give me all that hockey equipment (forearm pad & shin guard respectively)." - Roger Clemens
|Quotes From Roger Clemens
"Everybody kind of perceives me as being angry. It's not anger, it's motivation." Source: AskMen.com (link)
"He (Bo Jackson) hit the ball so hard, I couldn't even turn around in time to see it go over the fence." Source: TV.com (link)
"He's (George Steinbrenner) the one who gave me a chance to get to the World Series. This is where I wanted to be all along. We had a couple of nice offers from other teams, but I tied my agents' hands. I told them I wanted to be a Yankee." Source: New York Times (November 28, 2007)
"I am intense, no question about it. Every time I toe the rubber, it's no different for me than it was in the World Series. That might be somebody's only chance to see me pitch. They might have driven four hours to get there. I'm going to be out there if I can help it." Source:
Sport Magazine (May 2000)
"I don't really worry about strikeouts except in certain situations when I need them. Then you try, as a pitcher out there, you try and apply pressure that way. You try to put the pressure on the hitter. You know, I don't the strikeouts, if they come in bunches, that's great. But I'm not looking forward to trying to strike out a lot of guys. If I get two strikes, I'll go to a pitch maybe that will help induce that a little bit. But I got a guy on third, I was in a jam the other day in a game, all those situations, when you need a strikeout there, in big spots. But we are very aware of that fact, that these guys put the ball in play." Source: New York Times (October 1, 2002 | link)
"I feel very fortunate and very blessed. I've been doing it for thirteen years and I can't believe I had twenty (strikeouts) again (September 18, 1996). I knew I had a lot, but this is incredible."
"If I put my mind to it, and I put the work in, I have no doubt I could do it (pitch 4-5 additional years), but I made a promise to the people who've supported me for so many years. It's time to give back to my family." Source: Post Game Press Conference (October 25, 2003)
"If someone met me on a game day, he wouldn't like me. The days in between, I'm the goodest guy you can find." Source: Esquire.com (link)
"It (the three-hundred win plateau) will be more exciting when it gets closer, when I get this problem (soreness) over with. I'll be ready to lock and load."
"It's never in the past. This town (Boston), this ballpark (Fenway Park), are a part of me. I worked here. I gave my all here. That's the bottom line. That will never change." Source: ESPN.com (Page 2, May 27, 2003, link)
"It's pretty simple, the way I look at it. I became a Hall of Famer here (in New York), with my numbers here and what I've done here, and hopefully three-hundred will be another big part of that. When (former Red Sox general manager Dan) Duquette said that I was done, if I'd have taken his advice and went home, I wouldn't have been a Hall of Famer. So it's a no-brainer. It's definitely pretty easy. Reggie (Jackson) spent five years here, and this will be five for me." Source:The New York Times (April 2003)
"I was pitching (in the World Series) on all adrenaline and challenging them. I was throwing the ball right down the heart of the plate." Source: Post Game Press Conference (2001 World Series, Game 3)
"I wish he (Hank Aaron) were still playing. I'd probably crack his head open to show him how valuable (after Hank Aaron commented that pitchers should not be allowed to win the Most Valuable Player Award) I was." Source: Esquire.com (link)
"I wish there was a bar I could send opposing teams to and get them hammered or something I could tell my buddies in New York to leave their places open or something. Playing for the Yankees, guys come at you extremely hard. I have to be ready or I'll be embarrassed.'' Source: Sporting News (November 2000)
"My only day off is the day I pitch (in regards to how hard he works out during off-days)." Source: New York Daily News (December 13, 2007)
"Reggie (Jackson), one year from today, if you and me are here (in California) together, it'll be on Pebble Beach (playing golf). I'm done." - Statement made on April 2003 when asked by Reggie Jackson in the clubhouse, "Roger, let's say you go 22-7, a 2.94, you win four games in the postseason and you guys win it all. What are you going to do?"
"There was no intent. I was fired up and emotional and flung the bat toward the on-deck circle where the batboy was (during Game 2 of the 2000 World Series). I had no idea that Mike (Piazza) was running. I guess it came close to him. I came back into the dugout and I said I've got to get control of my emotions and calm down." Source: Post Game Press Conference (2000 World Series, Game 2)
"The soreness I have is expected. I have total movement." Source: The New York Times (May 23, 2003 | link)
"This (starting on Opening Day) doesn't have anything to do with age or experience. Nobody just gives you this, you have to earn it."
"When you have a chance to take the ball for the world champs, you take the ball."
"Wow. I think my first (postseason experience) one was it was quite exciting. I was fairly relaxed. I mean, I had a lot of family around at the time, looking back. But, you know, only thing I remember about it is it just went extremely fast. When I look back at the tapes, your first everything, your first All-Star Game, your first playoff experience, it just seems like it went by really fast. That's why I made a point to tell and talk about the other day that having come out of Game 4 against Atlanta, here in the World Series, I wanted to get dressed and back on the bench as quickly as I could so I could absorb some of the sights and sounds, see Mo coming in and realize this was going to happen, finally."
"You can't even count on striking out twenty big-league hitters, I'm just happy to tie it (his own 20k record). I knew that I had it in the upper teens, but then (Bill) Haselman ran out to the mound to let me know I was near the record. I think that made it more emotional for me. I mean that's all but seven guys in the game."
"You have a lot of guys in that clubhouse, again, counting on you to do well. They look forward for you to do that, regardless of age, regardless of experience, regardless of, you know, what other intangibles you bring. They expect you to go out there and do well, and I expect the same from those guys."
|Quotes About Roger Clemens
"Every time Roger (Clemens) pitches it's exciting, whether it's 289 or 299. It's exciting because we're watching a guy that's going into the Hall of Fame." - Yankees manager Joe Torre
"His ball tonight (20k game on September 18, 1996) was unbelievable. His two-seamers seemed like they were moving a foot. His splits were moving the same way. He was truly un-hittable." - Bill Haselman
"I believe that Roger Clemens
might be the best pitcher since World War II. But I'm not sure. I'm not at all sure. With Clemens still going out there every fifth day and throwing thunderbolts, we simply don't have enough perspective on his career to precisely measure his place among the greats. We know that he wasn't as good as Walter Johnson, and we know that he was better than Bob Gibson. But do we really know, in May 2003, that Clemens was better than (Tom) Seaver? No, I don't think we do. We need a few years to put Clemens into perspective. And until we've got that perspective, I have to consider Roger Clemens only the second greatest pitcher since World War II. I might change my mind in a few years, but right now Tom Seaver still takes the imaginary trophy." - Columnist Rob Neyer of ESPN.com (May 26, 2003)
"If it's 90 degrees with 80 percent humidity, Roger (Clemens) is able to say, 'so what, I've trained in that. I've trained for that.' Actually, his program is harder than the games themselves." - Yankees Strength Coach Jeff Mangold (May 24, 2003)
"If there's one iron-law in the Yankee clubhouse, it's the you won't find Roger Clemens at his locker days between starts. He's not signing autographs, he's not making TV appearances and he's certainly not in the players' lounge eating pizza. Instead, the Rocket is in the weight room, consumed by a four-day ritual that he's convinced has kept his elite-caliber fastball in the mid to upper 90's, and has actually prolonged his career." - Sportswriter Bob Klapisch on ESPN
"It's been said before, but it's true: for Red Sox fans, watching (Roger) Clemens thrive as a Yankee is the equivalent of watching your ex-wife marry your sworn mortal enemy then live happily ever after." - Sportswriter Sean McAdam
"It was the pitchers that kept the 'B12' joke going. For example, I've never seen Roger Clemens do steroids, and he never told me that he did. But we've talked about what steroids could do for you, in which combinations, and I've heard him use the phrase 'B12 shot' with respect to others. A lot of pitchers did steroids to keep up with hitters. If everyone else was getting stronger and faster, then you wanted to get stronger and faster, too. If you were a pitcher, and the hitters were all getting stronger, that made your job that much more difficult. Roger used to talk about that a lot. 'You hitters are so darn strong from steroids,' he'd say. 'Yeah, but you pitchers are taking it, too. You're just taking different types,' I'd respond. And sometimes Roger would vent his frustration over the hits even the lesser players were starting to get off good pitchers. 'Damn, that little guy hit it odd the end of the bat and almost drove it to the wall,' he would say. He would complain about guys who were hitting fifty homers when they had no business hitting thirty. It was becoming more difficult for pitchers all the time, he would complain. I can't give chapter and verse on Roger's training regimen. But I'll tell you what I was thinking at the time: One of the classic signs of steroid use is when a player's basic performance actually improves later in his career. One of the benefits of steroids is that they're especially helpful in countering the effects of aging. So in Roger's case, around the time that he was leaving Bostonand Dan Duquette, the general manager there, was saying he was 'past his prime'Roger decided to make some changes. He started working out harder. And whatever else he may have been doing to get stronger, he saw results. His fastball improved by a few miles per hour. He was a great pitcher long before then; it wasn't his late-career surge that made him great. But he certainly stayed great far longer than most athletes could expect. There's no question about that." - Jose Canseco (Juiced, Pages 211-212, 02-14-2005)
"I watched perfect games by Catfish Hunter and Mike Witt, but this was the most awesome pitching performance I've ever seen." - Manager John McNamara (after the first 20k game)
"For a while, he was dominant he could beat you with two pitches his four-seam fastball and his slider. That's all he needed. But then his fastball started to be 92-93 (mph) instead of 98 and he had to make some adjustments." - John Marzano
"Roger (Clemens) is in another world when he's pitching. He's there, but he's not there." - Derek Jeter
"Roger (Clemens) is the one who taught me that better shape you're in, the better you'll throw the ball," Pettitte said. "If I've had four good workouts between my starts, I take that confidence to the mound with me. How can it not help me to think that way?" - Andy Pettitte
"Roger's (Clemens) in such great shape, I have no doubt he could keep pitching for four, five more years if he wanted to." - Andy Pettitte
"Roger (Clemens) said he was really gung-ho out there (during Game 2 of the 2000 World Series). He was pumped up for the game, and when the bat went flying towards him (Mike Piazza), for an instant he thought it was the ball coming. When the bat hit him in the shin and he picked it up, then he knew it was a bat. But he said all he was doing was trying to get it off the field. I've seen people pick up the bat and give it to the batboy, but not at that velocity. Intent wasn't what I was after (during the interview). Roger deserved to be heard. If there was going to be a significant fine ($50,000 was the final amount), I think he deserved to be listened to." - Discipline Czar Frank Robinson
"That's as dominating as I've seen a pitcher pitch (20k game on September 18, 1996) . I've had Randy Johnson with a fastball and slider be dominant, but Roger was throwing a two-seam fastball, a four-seam fastball, a forkball and slider. He threw four pitches and moved the ball around." - Umpire Tim McClelland
"The no-hitters I've been involved with and have seen, there's been luck involved. This (20k game on September 18, 1996) was just a dominating performance. I think that was the best pitching performance I've ever seen. I don't want to take anything away from those guys (who pitched no-hitters) because that's a great achievement, but this is as good as it gets. I can't imagine anyone having better stuff than that. He was just absolutely outstanding tonight. He would've done that to a lot of teams tonight." - Detroit Manager Buddy Bell
"You must never interrupt the pitcher's focus by talking to him before a start, even if he's just reading the latest issue of Hustler or watching the early edition of SportsCenter. Instead, avoid any contact with him, regarding him with the same caution you would a psycho killer,a disgruntled postal worker, or Roger Clemens." - Sportswriter Jim Caple
"What really catches your eye is how small he (Pedro Martinez) is. You go up against Roger Clemens, even if you've never seen him before, and you say, 'This guy looks overpowering.' You wouldn't say that about Pedro Martinez." - Mark Lemke (Associated Press 1998)
"When he (Roger Clemens) threw the bat(during Game 2 of the 2000 World Series), I basically walked out and kept asking him what his problem was. He really had no response. I was trying to figure out whether it was intentional or not. I was going to ask him. If it was, then obviously he really no had response. I was more shocked and confused than anything." - Mike Piazza
"With 354 wins, Roger Clemens is one of the best pitchers in the history of baseball. There's no question about it. But as Mike Wallace reports, there are questions now about whether Roger Clemens cheated to enhance his record and prolong his career. One of his former trainers, Brian McNamee, says that he himself injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone. McNamee's accusations were the biggest revelations in George Mitchell's report on steroid abuse for Major League Baseball. But Clemens insists the charges are phony and that he never used steroids or any other banned substance. Clemens agreed to answer 60 Minutes' questions at his home outside Houston, where we found him to be frustrated, even furious, that so many people have been so quick to believe he cheated." - 60 Minutes (January 6, 2008 Broadcast Date | Click Here to Read to 60 Minutes Questions & Answers)
|Roger Clemens Entry From The Mitchell Report
The Mitchell Report
Roger Clemens is a pitcher who, from 1984 to 2007, played for four teams in Major League Baseball, the Boston Red Sox (13 seasons), Toronto Blue Jays (2 seasons), New York Yankees (6 seasons), and Houston Astros (3 seasons). He has won more than 350 games, seven Cy Young Awards, and was the American League Most Valuable Player in 1986. He was named to All-Star teams eleven times.
During the Radomski investigation, federal law enforcement officials identified Brian McNamee as one of Radomski's customers and a possible sub-distributor. McNamee, through his attorney, entered into a written agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California. The agreement provides that McNamee will cooperate with the U.S. Attorney's Office. No truthful statements can be used against McNamee in any federal prosecution by that Office; if, however, he should be untruthful in any statements made pursuan to that agreement, he may be charged with criminal violations, including making false statements, which is a felony.
As part of his cooperation with the U.S. Attorney's Office, and at its request, McNamee agreed to three interviews by me and my staff, one in person and two by telephone. McNamee's personal lawyer participated in the interviews. Also participating were federal prosecutors and agents from the F.B.I. and the Internal Revenue Service. On each occasion, McNamee was advised that he could face criminal charges if he made any false statements during these interviews, which were deemed by the prosecutors to be subject to his written agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office.
McNamee attended St. John's University in New York from 1985 to 1989, majoring in athletic administration. At St. John's, he played baseball. From 1990 to May 1993, he was a New York City police officer.
In 1993, McNamee met Tim McCleary, the assistant general manager of the New York Yankees, who also had attended St. John's. McCleary hired McNamee as a bullpen catcher and batting practice pitcher for the New York Yankees. In 1995, McNamee was release from his duties after Joe Torre was named the new Yankees manager. From 1995 to 1998, McNamee trained "Olympic caliber athletes" outside of baseball.
In 1995, McCleary was hired as the assistant general manager for the Toronto Blue Jays. In 1998, that club hired McNamee as its strength and conditioning coach, and he served in that position from 1998 to 2000.
Roger Clemens signed with Toronto in 1997, after spending the first thirteen years of his career with the Red Sox. After McNamee began working for the Blue Jays in 1998, he and Clemens both lived at the Toronto SkyDome (there is a hotel attached to the stadium). McNamee and Clemens became close professionally while in Toronto, but they were not close socially or personally.
Jose Canseco was playing for the Blue Jays in 1998. On or about June 8-10, 1998, the Toronto Blue Jays played an away series with the Florida Marlins. McNamee attende a lunch party that Canseco hosted at his home in Miami. McNamee stated that, during this luncheon, he observed Clemens, Canseco, and another person he did not know meeting inside Canseco's house, although McNamee did not personally attend that meeting. Canseco told members of my investigative staff that he had numerous conversations with Clemens about the benefits of Deca-Durabolin and Winstrol and how to "cycle" and "stack" steroids. Canseco has made similar statements publicly.
Toward the end of the road trip which included the Marlins series, or shortly after the Blue Jays returned home to Toronto, Clemens approached McNamee and, for the first time, brought up the subject of using steroids. Clemens said that he was not able to inject himself, and he asked for McNamee's help.
Later that summer, Clemens asked McNamee to inject him with Winstrol, which Clemens supplied. McNamee knew the substance was Winstrol because the vials Clemens gave him were so labeled. McNamee injected Clemens approximately four times in the buttocks over a several-week period with needles that Clemens provided. Each incident took place in Clemens's apartment at the SkyDome. McNamee never asked Clemens where he obtained the steroids.
During the 1998 season (around the time of the injections), Clemens showed McNamee a white bottle of Anadrol-50. Clemens told McNamee he was not using it but wanted to know more about it. McNamee told Clemens not to use it. McNamee said he took the bottle and gave it to Canseco. McNamee does not know where Clemens obtained the Anadrol-50.
According to McNamee, from the time that McNamee injected Clemens with Winstrol through the end of the 1998 season, Clemens's performance showed remarkable improvement. During this period of improved performance, Clemens told McNamee that th steroids "had a pretty good effect" on him. McNamee said that Clemens also was training h and dieting better during this time.
In 1999, Clemens was traded to the New York Yankees. McNamee remaine under contract with the Blue Jays for the 1999 season. In 2000, the Yankees hired McName the assistant strength and conditioning coach under Jeff Mangold. According to McNamee, Yankees hired him because Clemens persuaded them to do so. In this capacity, McNamee worked with all of the Yankees players. McNamee was paid both by the Yankees and by Clemens personally. Clemens hired McNamee to train him during portions of several week the off-season. McNamee also trained Clemens personally for one to two weeks during spri training and a few times during the season. McNamee served as the Yankees' assistant strength and conditioning coach through the 2001 season.
McNamee first learned about Kirk Radomski through David Segui during the 2000 season. Also that season, McNamee obtained Radomski's telephone number from Jason Grimsley. McNamee wanted to buy a Lexus, and Radomski had a connection with a Lexus dealer. Radomski recalled that Grimsley was a frequent customer for performance enhancing substances, and he produced nine checks written by Grimsley to Radomski during 2001 and 2002 and fourteen checks in total.
According to McNamee, during the middle of the 2000 season Clemens made it clear that he was ready to use steroids again. During the latter part of the regular season, McNamee injected Clemens in the buttocks four to six times with testosterone from a bottle labeled either Sustanon 250 or Deca-Durabolin that McNamee had obtained from Radomski.
McNamee stated that during this same time period he also injected Clemens four to six times with human growth hormone he received from Radomski, after explaining to Clemens the potential benefits and risks of use. McNamee believed that it was probably his ide that Clemens try human growth hormone. Radomski instructed McNamee how to inject human growth hormone. On each occasion, McNamee administered the injections at Clemens's apartment in New York City.
McNamee said that he and Clemens did not have any conversations regarding performance enhancing substances from late 2000 until August 2001. McNamee did, however, train Clemens and Andy Pettitte during the off-season at their homes in Houston. Clemens ofte invited other major league players who lived in the Houston area to train with him.
McNamee's training relationship with Clemens and others has been described publicly. Peter Gammons reported during spring training 2001:
Brandon Smith, an apprentice trainer with the Yankees, describes Roger Clemens' day as follows: "He's one of the first players in every morning, runs, does his program with Andy Pettitte, does the team program workout, goes to the weight room, leaves, plays 18 holes of golf and finally meets (trainer) Brian McNamee at 6 .. . . and a few other players for another workout. It's incredible how much energy Roger has."
According to McNamee, Clemens advised him in August 2001 that he was again ready to use steroids. Shortly thereafter, McNamee injected Clemens with Sustanon or Deca-Durabolin on four to five occasions at Clemens's apartment. According to McNamee, he again obtained these drugs from Kirk Radomski. McNamee concluded from Clemens's statements and conduct that Clemens did not like using human growth hormone (Clemens told him that he did not like the "bellybutton shot"). To McNamee's knowledge, Clemens did not use human growth hormone in 2001.
McNamee was not retained by the Yankees after the 2001 season. After that season, Clemens never again asked McNamee to inject him with performance enhancing substances, and McNamee had no further discussions with Clemens about such substances. McNamee stated that Clemens did not tell him why he stopped asking him to administer performance enhancing substances, and McNamee has no knowledge about whether Clemens used performance enhancing substances after 2001.
During the years that McNamee stated he facilitated Clemens's use of steroids and human growth hormone, McNamee's discussions with Clemens about use of these drugs were limited. McNamee assumed that Clemens used performance enhancing substances during the second half of the season so that he would not tire, but they did not discuss this directly. It was Clemens who made the decision when he would use anabolic steroids or human growth hormone. McNamee stated that he tried to educate Clemens about these substances; he "gave him as much information as possible."
Clemens continued to train with McNamee after he was dismissed by the Yankees, according to both McNamee and press reports. In October 2006, after the Los Angeles Times reported that the names of Clemens and McNamee were among those that had been redacted from an affidavit in support of a search warrant for the residence of Jason Grimsley as allegedly involved with the illegal use of performance enhancing substances, Clemens was reported to have said: "I'll continue to use Mac [McNamee] to train me. He's one of a kind."
McNamee was quoted in a December 10, 2006 news article on steroids as reportedly having said: "I never, ever gave Clemens or Pettitte steroids. They never asked me for steroids. The only thing they asked me for were vitamins."391 McNamee told us that he was accurately quoted but that he did not tell the truth to the reporter who interviewed him. He explained that he was trying to protect his reputation.
On May 15, 2007, the New York Daily News reported that Clemens had cut ties to McNamee. McNamee denied that and told us that he trained Clemens after the article was published. He added that Clemens now has a home in the New York area, and McNamee personally installed a gym there.
McNamee stated that he has no ill will toward Clemens and "was always ahead [financially] with Roger." McNamee received money for expenses from Clemens's business representatives. They paid McNamee for training Clemens, and for his expenses. From time to time Clemens also gave McNamee "extra money." Clemens never gave money to McNamee specifically to buy performance enhancing substances.
Kirk Radomski recalled meeting McNamee through David Segui. Radomski confirmed that he supplied McNamee with human growth hormone and anabolic steroids from 2000 to 2004. Although McNamee never told Radomski the performance enhancing substances obtained were for anything other than McNamee's personal use, Radomski concluded that McNamee was distributing the substances to others based on the amounts he purchased and the timing of the purchases.
Radomski knew McNamee was acting as personal trainer for Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, and Chuck Knoblauch (among others), and he suspected McNamee was giving the performance enhancing substances to some of his clients. Occasionally, McNamee acknowledged good performances by Knoblauch or Clemens by "dropping hints," such as "[h]e's on the program now." McNamee never explicitly told Radomski that either Clemens or Pettitte was using steroids or human growth hormone. According to Radomski, however, McNamee asked Radomski what types of substances Radomski was providing to pitchers.
Radomski delivered the substances to McNamee personally. Radomski recalled numerous performance enhancing substance transactions with McNamee. Radomski also sometimes trained some of McNamee's non-professional athlete clients.
Radomski produced four checks from McNamee that were deposited into Radomski's checking account and drawn on McNamee's checking account. All the checks were dated in 2003 and 2004, after McNamee said that he supplied Clemens, Pettitte, and Knoblauch. McNamee said these purchases were for non-baseball clients.
McNamee's name, with an address and telephone number, is listed in the address book seized from Radomski's residence by federal agents. Radomski's telephone records show twelve calls to McNamee's telephone number from May through August 2004. Radomski was unable to obtain telephone records dating back to the time when, according to McNamee, McNamee was injecting Clemens.
Clemens appears to be one of the two people associated with baseball Andy Pettitte is the other who have remained loyal to McNamee after he left the Yankees.394 Clemens has remained a source of income for McNamee up to and including 2007.
Prior to my interviews of McNamee he was interviewed by federal officials on several occasions, during each of which they informed McNamee that he risked criminal prosecution if he was not truthful. I was advised by those officials that on each occasion he told them about the performance enhancing substance use of Clemens, Andy Pettitte, and Chuck Knoblauch (Pettitte and Knoblauch are discussed below).
In order to provide Clemens with information about these allegations and to give him an opportunity to respond, I asked him to meet with me; he declined.
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