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Dave BuscemaPrevious Dave Buscema columns
October 23, 2003

Rocket's long, magic journey
Miami Roger Clemens is here.
   Texas drawl, cocky sneer. The Rocket. Clemens and Dwight Gooden, the two young fireballers, sure to be Hall of Famers.
   "Clemens complains about carrying own luggage!"...
   Clemens has done it. Clemens has just struck out his 20th batter for a major league record. ...
   Clemens out of the game, the Red Sox on their way to their first World Series championship since 1918. What a night for Roger Clemens. ... The Mets have rallied to win Game 6. Clemens' gem is spoiled. Boston goes home heartbroken again.
   "McNamara shouldn't have pulled him."
   "McNamara says he asked out of the game."...
   Clemens arguing the call here in the American League Championship Series. And ... and ... Roger Clemens has just been ejected from Boston's playoff game against the Oakland A's. ...
   Do you believe this one, folks? He's done it again! Ten years later, Roger Clemens ties his major league record for strikeouts with 20. ...
   We believe Roger Clemens is in the "twilight" of his career, Red Sox GM Dan Duquette says.
   I'm just so happy to be a Toronto Blue Jay and that's all I want to concentrate on now, Clemens says. ...
   Clemens wins his second consecutive Cy Young award, the fifth of his career. And they must be steaming in Beantown. So much for the twilight of his career. ...
   The Yankees pull off a blockbuster today, trading David Wells for Roger Clemens. Once the face of the Boston Red Sox, Clemens becomes a hated Yankee. ...
   "Rog-errrrrrr! Rog-errrrrr! Rog-errrrrrr!"
   Clemens walking off the mound at Fenway Park, Boston enjoying a dose of revenge as Pedro Martinez has outpitched Clemens in the ALCS. ...
   Clemens on top of the Yankees' dugout now, celebrating his first World Series championship. ...
   Clemens hits Mike Piazza in the head. "I lost some respect for him today," Piazza says ...
   This is one for the books, folks. Clemens fans 15 Seattle Mariners in the ALCS for the Yankees. That's got to help his reputation as a big-game pitcher. ...
   He threw the bat! Roger Clemens has just thrown Piazza's cracked bat at him in Game 2 of the Subway Series. ...
   All up to Clemens now. Yankees down 2-0 in the 2001 World Series against Arizona. Must-win game tonight in an electrified Yankee Stadium full of fans still mourning those lost a month ago on Sept. 11. President Bush, the fellow Texan, throws out the first pitch.
   What a gem from Clemens. Beats the Diamondbacks in the most pressure-filled game of his career, just a month after anynomously donating money and time to firehouses around New York City. "You never have a thing to prove again," Yankees manager Joe Torre tells Clemens. ...
   Clemens wins his sixth Cy Young award. ...
   Clemens going for his 300th win today against his old team, the Boston Red Sox. All of his family flying in for the game. And the Red Sox batter Clemens and the Yankees. ...
   Clemens has finally done it! He wins his 300th game and claims his 4,000th strikeout in the same game, the Yankee Stadium crowd saluting Clemens. ...
   Clemens the calmest man in the park! Who would have thought it possible? Clemens beats Pedro in Fenway and the Yankees lead the ALCS, 2-1. ...
   They're giving him a standing ovation here at Yankee Stadium as Clemens is knocked out of Game 7. ...
   This is it, down in Miami. Final start of Roger Clemens' Hall of Fame career, the 41-year-old Rocket glaring in one more time in Game 4 of the World Series. ...
   Roger Clemens is gone.
   But never forgotten.
   Dave Buscema's column appears regularly in the Times Herald-Record. Contact him at

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