Roger Clemens Struckout 20 Seattle Mariners On This Date, April 29, 1986
Roger Clemens, aka “The Rocket” pitched on this day back in 1986 for the Boston Red Sox. Yes, it was the year they went to the World Series and lost to the Mets in 7, but I’m not here to bring up old pain especially after the Sox are 18-7 so far for the month of April.
What makes April 29, 1986 so special for Roger Clemens? He struck out at the time a record-setting 20 Seattle Mariners and got the win. The Red Sox won in Fenway that night by a score of 3-1 and that win made Clemens’ record, 4-0 with an ERA of 1.66.
What to do with Clemens? Is he worthy of The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown as an alleged steroid user? If he did get in, what uniform should don him? He’s played for Boston, Toronto, New York and Houston.
There is a lot more to be said about Clemens but I’ll leave that to the sports guys. As for the game played back in 1986 on this date? I’ll wait for NESN to air it as a Red Sox Classic.