Friday, January 30, 2009

Lobster Rage

Disclaimer: R-rated joke lies ahead:
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.

"He’d start snorting like a bull," the trainer said. "That’s when he was ready to pitch."
-Alex Belth, Bronx Banter
Well that explains it. Clemens never said "I thought it was the ball." He actually said "I thought it would cool my balls!"

Who knew liniment was a performance enhancing substance. Was it cream, or clear ... I wonder.


I.M. Forme said...

sweet mother of god. What substance WASN"T Roidger lathering, injecting,dusting, basting, encrusting, or brushing himself with during his career?

He couldn't rub the stuff on his own balls? Or have Andy Pettite do it?

Meanwhile, your photoshopping just gets better and better.

Anonymous said...

Proof positive you can be BOTH a sociopath AND a psychopath.

Slimbo said...

The Bat incident still can still illicit a solid five minutes hate from me. At least as the years have unfolded Clemens looks like a juiced psycho and Piazza maintains some poise.

Anonymous said...

I remember hearing about the "rub down" the next day and thought it was weird. Bizarre dude, that Clemens.

And I'm totally with Slimbo - the hatred is still there, although nicely tempered by the quagmire Clemens is currently dealing with. Sweet justice.