With his wife, two youngest sons and mother-in-law watching from behind the backstop’s chain-link fence, Roger Clemens shuffled his feet in left-center field to the beat of salsa and Mexican banda music Wednesday night.
If you didn’t know any better or bother to look closely at the men wearing hearing aids, you’d say the atmosphere at Bayland Park’s Field 1 had all the makings of a competitive high school game.
In this league, as he was throughout his legendary 24-year major league career, Clemens is the star. He’s the guy who prompts teammates and competitors to pick it up. A lot.
“I’m glad he’s here,” said 56-year-old retired FedEx employee Rafael Flores. “I’m going to make him run.”
Everybody in the Harris County Senior Softball League, it seems, wants to test the Rocket’s arm in left-center.
As usual, the 50-year-old Clemens was ready.
...For the record, Clemens wears No. 21 for the Hendricks Sports Management team.
Hendricks hit a walk-off single up the middle in the bottom of the sixth inning to produce a 16-15 victory, and his youngest and most celebrated teammate was the first to greet him with a high-five.
“I don’t feel 50,” Clemens said. “Everybody tells you 50 is the new 40, right?”
Posted: August 23, 2012 at 12:02 PM | 8 comment(s)
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