One of my favorite moments in the Verducci/Torre book is about Roger Clemens as he prepared to face the Mets in Game 2 of the 2000 World Serious. Verducci writes that Clemens’ usual pregame preparation included taking a whirlpool bath at the hottest temperature possible."He’d come out looking like a lobster," Yankee trainer Steve Donahue told Verducci. Donahue would then rub hot liniment all over Clemens’ body. "Then Donahue would rub the hottest possible liniment on his testicles,” Verducci writes.Well that explains it. Clemens never said "I thought it was the ball." He actually said "I thought it would cool my balls!"
"He’d start snorting like a bull," the trainer said. "That’s when he was ready to pitch." -Alex Belth, Bronx Banter
Who knew liniment was a performance enhancing substance. Was it cream, or clear ... I wonder.