Former Yankees player Roger Clemens on how he was 'supposed to pitch' the night of 9/11

Clemens abrió comentando su reacción al escuchar los relatos de muchas personas sobre los ataques a 9/11, especialmente los hijos ahora adultos de las víctimas.

“Para mí, just hearing from the 20-year-old kids that had lost their parents throughout all this has been really a treat for me to hear now that they are young adults, and it’s something we’ve got to continue to keep the younger generation aware of, like I said, so you never forget. Otra vez, to hear their stories is remarkable,” Clemens said.

It really is a powerful testament to the legacy of the people we lost that day,” Scott remarked.

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los “Fox Reporthost also noted that Clemens was originally supposed to pitch the night of September 11, 2001, but since then he has worked to help organizations like Helping the Heroes Foundation. Clemens then recounted where he was during the moment of the attacks.

“Bien, I was supposed to pitch the night of 9/11 when everything happened. I was woken by a friend of mine at our building that’s not too far from the World Trade area, and we went up to the top floor and saw what had happened. We thought it was a smaller plane or an accident and then obviously within 20, 30 minutos, we knew, bien, it was a terrorist attack and we were being attacked. Our nation was being attacked and everything kind of changed from there,” Clemens said.

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He then described the first game the Yankees played following 9/11, notingthere wasn’t a dry eye in Chicagowhen they played. Más importante, he was glad that they couldtake a lot of the fans’ minds off what was going on.

Mike Piazza hit an unbelievable home run and really was able to take a lot of the fans’ minds off what was going on and back to baseball a little bit. I got an opportunity to pitch again and got my 20th win at the time, but there wasn’t a dry eye in Chicago,” Clemens said.

While Clemens remarked that returning to Nueva York after the game wasone of the hardest thingshe had to do, he also recalled other moments such as watching the first pitch made by former President George W.. arbusto.

When we came back to play the World Series game 3 in Yankees Stadium, President Bush, 43, came out to throw out the first pitch, and I think everyone has seen the video of him, with a bullet-proof vest on, wind up and throw a perfect strike down Broadway. And the whole place lit up. I was in the bullpen with Mel Stottlemyre, the pitching coach, and I stopped warming up and asked Mel to turn around with me so we could watch,” Clemens described.

We had the perfect seat,” él dijo. “Fifty-five thousand people, so it was great.

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