DETROIT – Roger Clemens had some great baseball moments in the city of Detroit. Few had him as excited as in Game 2 of Tuesday’s doubleheader between the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins.
Clemens flew to the city from Texas to watch his son Kody make his major league debut for the Tigers after being called up by Detroit on Monday.
A third-round pick in the 2018 Entry Draft, Kody Clemens was hitting .283 at Toledo with eight homers and 31 RBIs in 45 games. Drafted as a second baseman, he played first, second, third and left field this season.
“I’m just really happy for him; he’s worked really hard to get here, and it’s finally happened for him,” said Clemens, 59. “We put everyone in scramble mode yesterday to come up here.”
Clemens went 11-8 in 26 career starts against the Tigers in Detroit, but he has some special memories.
“It’s like a second home to me because I had an aunt who lived here and I always stayed in her basement when we were here instead of the team hotel,” he said. declared. “And I went to get my 300th [win] here, and of course, on the road [at Tiger Stadium]I had my 20-out game.”
Kody Clemens will wear number 21, one of the numbers worn by his father, who also wore number 22 with the New York Yankees and Houston Astros.
Roger Clemens pitched 18 games in the minor leagues before staying in the major leagues. Kody played 325.
“We had very different experiences, but we discussed the same thing that we always talk about: if you’re going to be in the major leagues, you might as well win,” the elder Clemens said. “Find a way to do it.”
Roger Clemens knew how to do this. The seven-time Cy Young Award winner posted a 354-184 record with the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Astros and Yankees. The 11-time All Star was a member of two World Series champions. A power pitcher, he hit 4,672.
Kody Clemens doesn’t have to worry about comparisons to his father’s strikes. Senior Clemens insists he was a very good bunter, but his son is quick to tell him he can’t hit anything and politely tells him to shut up.
“The cool thing is when he heard the news, he got text messages from a lot of my major league teammates, so I was able to step back as a dad and let them pass on some wisdom. “said Roger Clemens. “Derek Jeter gives him advice, and Jeff Bagwell gives him advice.”