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Former Yankees player Roger Clemens explains how he was ‘supposed to pitch’ on 9/11 night


Former Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens spoke with Jon Scott about his experiences following the 9/11 terrorist attacks 20 years ago.

Clemens began by commenting on his reaction after hearing accounts from many people about the 9/11 attacks, especially the now adult children of the victims.

“For me, just hearing the 20 year olds who lost their parents during all of this has been such a treat for me to hear now that they are young adults, and that’s something we must continue to keep the younger generation aware, like I said, never to forget it. Again, hearing their stories is remarkable, “said Clemens.

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

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The Fox Report host also noted that Clemens was originally supposed to pitch on 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 at the time of the attacks.

“Well, I was supposed to pitch the night of September 11 when it all happened. I was woken up by a friend of mine in our apartment building which is not too far from the World Trade area, and we went up to the top floor and saw what We thought was a smaller plane or an accident and then obviously within 20, 30 minutes we knew it was an attack terrorist and we were under attack. Our nation was under attack and everything changed from there, “Clemens said.

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He went on to describe the first game the Yankees played after 9/11, noting “Chicago wasn’t a dry eye” when they played. More importantly, he was happy that they could “make a lot of fans forget what was going on.”

“Mike Piazza hit an amazing home run and really managed to distract the fans from what was going on a bit and get back to baseball a bit. won my 20th win at the time, but there wasn’t a dry eye in Chicago, ”Clemens said.

While Clemens remarked that returning to New York after the game was “one of the most difficult things” he had to do, he also recalled other moments such as watching the first pitch made by the former President George W. Bush.

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“When we got back to play World Series Game 3 at Yankees Stadium, President Bush, 43, came out to throw the first pitch, and I think everyone saw the video of him, with a vest on. -balls, wind 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 that we can watch, ”Clemens said.

“We had the perfect seat,” he said. “Fifty-five thousand people, so that was great.”


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