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Jul 30, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens acknowledges the fans during pre-game ceremonies prior to a game against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Clemens visits Astros pitchers at Spring Training


Roger Clemens recently visited the Houston Astros during Spring Training, bringing his seven-time Cy Young Award winning experience with him.

This is the second year that “The Rocket” has joined the Astros’ pitchers and catchers in Florida.

“I love it because when I was young, I was fortunate to have some veteran players around that I wasn’t afraid to ask pointed questions,” Clemens said. “I paid attention to detail and enjoyed watching. If I can fire them up and get them all excited and still give them a little reality.”

Clemens also addressed the team and said the pitchers need to step up this season.

“It was pretty straightforward,” he said. “We talked about the expectations that there’s more than a handful of guys that have an opportunity, and they need to take a big step forward. Spring Training, everybody’s all giddy right now, and then you start the season and everybody gets punched in the face, and it’s not a lot of fun. I think they’re taking the kid gloves off them a little bit and asking a lot of them to step up.”

Clemens also serves as the special assistant to the general manager for the team.

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