ROGER CLEMENS will recover from the effects of Hurricane Ike. But the former New York Yankees pitcher will never regain the reputation he lost amid the steroid storm and sex scandal that made front-page headlines earlier this year.
Hardly a day went by when Clemens’ picture wasn’t featured prominently in the tabloids. But, in the last six months, he’s gone from The Joker to The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Clemens is rarely seen in public these days as he deals with the fallout from his flawed testimony to Congress, his legal action against former trainer Brian McNamee, and allegations of a long-running affair with country singer Mindy McCready.
According to reports, McCready recently entered rehab after suffering a nervous breakdown.
Clemens, meanwhile, took another battering last month – this time from Hurricane Ike.
Fox Sports reported that Clemens, and his wife Debbie, have been clearing up after losing 20 trees in their yard and suffering minor flooding in their Texas home.
Ex-Yank has become a baseball pariah
Clemens, still the subject of a Judicial Investigation into possible perjury during his evidence to Congress, has been conspicuous by his absence.
He was persona non grata when the Bronx Bombers played their final game at Yankee Stadium on September 21st.
There was not a single mention of Clemens throughout the celebrations, which included a video montage of the Yanks’ greatest pitchers.
Clemens, who won two World Series rings with the Yankees in 1999 and 2000, was said to be “heartbroken” by the snub.
It remains to be seen whether he features among the 300 former players scheduled to take part in the official closing ceremony at Yankee Stadium on November 9.
Former Yankees manager Joe Torre, who was also ignored during last month’s festivities, has already indicated that he will attend.
Like Barry Bonds, two years his junior at 44, The Rocket has yet to officially announce his retirement from baseball.
Neither player could find a club willing to take them last season. Now it seems that no one wants to be associated with baseball’s two social outcasts.