Clemens in stands for son’s ‘awesome’ MLB debut


DETROIT — Roger Clemens has had some large baseball moments within the metropolis of Detroit. Not lots of them had him as fired up because the second recreation of Tuesday’s doubleheader between the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins.

Clemens flew into city from Texas to see his son, Kody, make his main league debut for the Tigers. He was referred to as up by Detroit on Monday.

A 3rd-round decide within the 2018 novice draft, Kody Clemens was hitting .283 at Toledo with eight homers and 31 RBIs in 45 video games. Drafted as a second baseman, he has performed first, second, third and in left subject this season.

“I am simply actually glad for him — he is labored actually onerous to get right here and it has lastly occurred for him,” the 59-year-old Clemens mentioned. “We received everybody into scramble mode yesterday to rise up right here.”

Clemens went 11-8 in 26 profession begins towards the Tigers in Detroit, however has a number of particular reminiscences.

“This is sort of a second house to me, as a result of I had an aunt who lived right here, and I at all times stayed in her basement after we had been right here as a substitute of the crew lodge,” he mentioned. “And I went for my three hundredth (win) right here, and naturally, down the highway (at Tiger Stadium), I had my 20-strikeout recreation.”

Kody Clemens goes to put on No. 21, one of many numbers his father wore. He additionally wore No. 22 with the Yankees and the Astros.

Roger Clemens pitched 18 minor-league video games earlier than sticking within the large leagues. Kody has performed 325.

“We have had very completely different experiences, however we mentioned the identical factor we at all times speak about — if you’ll be within the main leagues, you would possibly as effectively win,” Clemens mentioned. “Discover a approach to do it.”

Roger Clemens knew how to do this. The seven-time Cy Younger Award winner posted a 354-184 report with the Purple Sox, Blue Jays, Astros and Yankees. The 11-time All Star was a member of two World Sequence champions. An influence pitcher, he struck out 4,672.

Kody Clemens would not have to fret about any comparisons to his father’s hitting. The older Clemens insists he was a extremely good bunter, however his son would not hesitate to inform him he is aware of nothing about hitting and politely tells him to be quiet.

“What’s cool is when he received the information, he received texts from a number of of my major-league teammates, so I used to be in a position to step again as a dad and allow them to impart some knowledge,” Roger Clemens mentioned. “Derek Jeter is giving him recommendation and Jeff Bagwell is giving him recommendation.”

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