Roger Clemens made headlines this week. But it had nothing to do with his pitching.
Clemens was asked to leave 10-year-old son Kacy’s game last Saturday in Craig, Colo., when a 22-year-old umpire said the future Hall of Famer spit a sunflower seed at him.
David King, president of tournament organizer Triple Crown Sports, apologized on Thursday, saying, “Mr. Clemens was a non-aggressor and a victim of mistaken identity and confusion” by an upset umpire. Witnesses said Clemens never said a word.
“I’m pleased with their statement,” Clemens said through agent Alan Hendricks. Clemens had become upset when discussing the incident earlier this week.
He’ll now turn his attention to trying to win his third consecutive decision. He allowed two runs—one earned—and four hits over seven innings Tuesday, but did not get a decision in the Astros’ 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves.
The 42-year-old right-hander remained at 322 career victories, two behind Nolan Ryan and Don Sutton for 12th on the all-time list.
The Astros had won four of six before falling to the Expos 8-3 on Saturday.
Batista has eight homers and 26 RBIs since the All-Star break.