Take A Number: Clemens Says Teammates Wanted To Fight Him More Than Piazza
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It looks like Piazza would have had to take a number if he really wanted to fight Roger Clemens.
According to published reports, the former-Yankee hurler said that Mets catcher Mike Piazza would have to “get in line” if he wanted to square off against him, claiming that his own teammates wanted a piece of him first. Mike Piazza recently recounted his run-ins with Clemens in his new memoir, “Long Shot” where he describes the infamous Subway Series bat-throwing incident and his preparations for a future encounter via karate lessons.
“I think there was about three guys on the Yankees that wanted a piece of me more than (he) did,” Clemens told the Houston Chronicle.
He did not speculate which teammates he thought were at odds with him.
The seven-time Cy Young Winner says that his relationship with Piazza has improved since their electric battles on the diamond and claims there was no intent behind his dangerous beaning in the summer of 2000 or throwing a shattered bat in his direction in the World Series.
“Mike’s a good hitter and I think he hit every breaking ball I threw to him and he hit them hard. But he’s not the first power hitter who’s got me,” he said. So, we had some good times.”
Clemens is currently at Astros spring training camp serving as an instructor.