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Facing Clemens: Hitters on Hitting Against Baseball's Most Intimidating Pitcher

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2008

    Mayo's Portrayal of Clemens is a time capsule

    Jonathan Mayo's analysis of Clemens would be a remarkable achievement in its own right, generously offering up honest analysis and insights into some the most intriguing personalities in Baseball. On its own right, Mayo's interviews reveal a side of these stars that most sports journalists either gloss over or miss altogether. All of this is true in its own right, but when you consider that Mayo wrote this book months before the whole story on Clemens broke out, then one can really see that this book is destined for history. Going forward, any other author will forever be tainted by the 'scandal' side of Clemens and all the spurious conjecture and speculation. Lost forever is the opportunity to objectively view Clemens through the untainted lense that he will forever be viewed by history, whether he is proven innocent or not. As such, baseball fans and in particular, Yankees fans, owe a debt of gratitude to Mayo for serving up what future baseball historians will no doubt recall as the last authoritative look at Roger Clemens the athlete, both for physical prowess, as much as if not more so for the terrific mental focus and awareness that he was able to bring to his game. Mayo's intimate portrayal of Clemens is a masterful display of writing for his ability to draw us sympathetically towards the story without cheapening the experience by trying to convert that moment into sympathy for Clemens himself which has been so frequently done by lesser authors. I would have liked to see some photos of Clemens particularly with his son as that story was the one that really stood out from the others. I can't recall another interview where Clemens revealed as much about this intimate side of his family. Food for thought for the second printing...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2008

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    A great book about the aura of legendary pitcher Roger Clemens. Speaking to opponents of all kinds (superstars, World Series opponents, minor leaguers), we get a glimpse not only into what it's like facing Roger as an opponent, but the high level of respect he has earned both on and off the field. Well-known for his intense competitiveness, we are also offered by this book a view not seen by many: the family discussions he shares with Ken Griffey Jr., kindnesses shown to opponents like Chipper Jones and appreciation for an unknown minor leaguer that took him deep during his first 2006 tune-up start. Quite possibly the best chapter, however, belongs to one with Koby Clemens, reflecting on his dad as a hero, competitor, father, and friend. A must-read for all baseball fans, especially those who are either huge fans of Roger or have been turned off by him over the past 25 years.

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