By Jeff Pearlman
He was once alleged to be the following Nolan Ryan: Roger Clemens, the fearless, hard-nosed Texan with a 98-mph fastball and a propensity to throw on the heads of opposing hitters. but almost immediately after his arrival within the significant leagues in 1984, it grew to become obvious that the Ryan comparisons have been easily unfair--Roger Clemens used to be much better.
Over 24 seasons, the Rocket may cross directly to win 354 video games, an unparalleled seven Cy younger Awards and international sequence trophies. In 1986 he set the key league list with 20 strikeouts in a nine-inning video game, then matched it a decade later. He will be regularly praised for representing the sport in a simply and righteous manner--a dwelling, respiring instance of the ability of choice and difficult paintings. "Roger Clemens," a teammate as soon as stated, "is an American hero."
But the records and hoopla imprecise a miles darker tale. besides myriad playoff chokes, womanizing (including a 10-year affair with then-teenage nation singer Mindy McCready), a violent streak (most famously caused via former Mets superstar Mike Piazza) and his use of steroids and human development hormones, Clemens has spent years attempting to conceal his darkest secret--a kin tragedy concerning medications and, finally, demise.
The writer of the New York Times bestsellers Boys could be Boys and The undesirable men Won!, Jeff Pearlman carried out approximately 500 interviews with Clemens' kin, acquaintances and teammates to offer a portrait that is going past the commonly used newspaper tales and journal profiles. Reconstructing the pitcher's life--from his formative years in Ohio to school ball in Texas and directly to the mounds of Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium--Pearlman finds the genuine Roger Clemens: a wrong and stricken guy whose rage for baseball immortality took him to superhuman heights yet finally introduced him crashing to earth.