By Jeff Pearlman
He used to be purported to be the following Nolan Ryan: Roger Clemens, the fearless, hard-nosed Texan with a 98-mph fastball and a propensity to throw on the heads of opposing hitters. but presently after his arrival within the significant leagues in 1984, it grew to become obvious that the Ryan comparisons have been easily unfair--Roger Clemens was once a lot better.
Over 24 seasons, the Rocket might cross directly to win 354 video games, an extraordinary seven Cy younger Awards and international sequence trophies. In 1986 he set the most important league checklist with 20 strikeouts in a nine-inning online game, then matched it a decade later. He will be mostly praised for representing the sport in a simply and righteous manner--a residing, respiring instance of the ability of choice and difficult paintings. "Roger Clemens," a teammate as soon as stated, "is an American hero."
But the facts and hoopla imprecise a much darker tale. in addition to myriad playoff chokes, womanizing (including a 10-year affair with then-teenage state singer Mindy McCready), a violent streak (most famously prompted via former Mets superstar Mike Piazza) and his use of steroids and human progress hormones, Clemens has spent years attempting to disguise his darkest secret--a family members tragedy regarding medicines and, finally, dying.
The writer of the New York Times bestsellers Boys may be Boys and The undesirable men Won!, Jeff Pearlman performed approximately 500 interviews with Clemens' family members, associates and teammates to give a portrait that is going past the accepted newspaper tales and journal profiles. Reconstructing the pitcher's life--from his youth in Ohio to varsity ball in Texas and directly to the mounds of Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium--Pearlman finds the true Roger Clemens: a mistaken and bothered guy whose rage for baseball immortality took him to superhuman heights yet eventually introduced him crashing to earth.
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