People are itching to get back to some kind of normalcy, and I turned a corner of my bedroom into a functional mini-office, complete with a wireless mouse, a 3’x2′ whiteboard, and a view of a yard I have no access to. Typical New York on that last part.
We’ve been at this for a while. When we started writing “Filling the Void” pieces, I don’t think we really knew what we were diving into. Within the first couple weeks however, we realized the importance of what we were trying to do. In a time during which live sports were canceled, on hold, or whatever you want to call it, we started exploring games, matches, and rounds of the past.
At first, it was all about what full games we could actually find. Then, as the breadth of what the world was facing came further into focus, leagues with strict copyright laws started loosening restrictions and more and more options landed on our list. Now, here we are, over 100 games later and still going strong. So, for me personally, I decided to go back to a player who inspired my first entrant into this series.
The Rocket soars
Roger Clemens is a big piece of why I fell in love with baseball so early on. And, to quote myself, is a “polarizing figure for sure”. Since my Sox are red, his pitching for the Yankees hurt. The best pitcher not named Nolan Ryan was one of our own. And then he wasn’t.
His fall from grace in the steroid era was hard to watch, even if he had crossed enemy lines. But that doesn’t take away from the career he had. I mean, come on. The guy set the record for strikeouts (20) in a 9 inning game. Then he tied it a decade later. That’s some shit right there.
So, while we’re talking records, let’s look at the day The Rocket entered two exclusive clubs. Roger was always a strikeout king, so it feels appropriate that he was number three into the 4,000 strikeout club. But to walk through that door on the same day he was unlocking the 300 win club? That’s pretty special.
Roger Clemens gets his 300th win and 4,000th strikeout in the same game
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