A timeline of Roger Clemens' Red Sox rehabilitation

Alex Reimer
June 16, 2017 - 2:13 pm

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

When I was growing up as a Red Sox fan in the early aughts, Roger Clemens was Public Enemy No. 1. He was loathed for jumping ship to the Yankees, forcing his way out of Toronto so he could hitch his wagon to the Evil Empire. Clemens returned to Fenway Park many times during that period, and was booed mercilessly whenever he toed the rubber. Bill Simmons, in one of his most noteworthy early ESPN columns, even dubbed Clemens as the anti-Christ

Given that history, it's shocking we're at this point today. The detente between the Red Sox and Clemens has now become a full-blown embrace. The Rocket will be the guest analyst on Friday's radio broadcast, teaming up with Tim Neverett to call Red Sox-Astros in his native Houston. (Clemens will also be a guest on Dale & Holley with Rich Keefe Friday afternoon.) 

Though Clemens' rehabilitation is seemingly complete, it didn't happen overnight. The process took more than a decade, beginning way back in 2003, when it was believed Clemens was going to retire from baseball (hah). 

Aug. 31, 2003: Roger Clemens didn't retire from baseball until 2007, after an infamous visit to George Steinbrenner's box. But he first started talking about hanging it up in 2003, which explains the scene that unfolded at Fenway Park during one late August day. Clemens was on the hill for the Yankees, stepping onto the mound at Fenway for what was believed to be the last time ever. When he was lifted in the eighth inning, he received his first standing ovation from the Fenway Faithful since he left the Sox in 1996. 

June 19, 2010: After burnishing the Red Sox one last time –– he entertained returning to Boston in 2006 before re-signing with the Astros –– Clemens once again became a pariah around these parts. But he made a surprise appearance at Fenway Park in 2010, sitting in the Monster Seats. Over the next couple of years, Clemens sporadically popped up around Fenway Park, flanked by Red Sox security each time. 

Sept. 26, 2012: Clemens wasn't officially honored by the Red Sox until late 2012, when the club revealed its All-Fenway team. Clemens, who won 192 games with the Red Sox, was named to the first reserve team. He took part in the pre-game ceremony. 

July 30, 2013: Less than one year later, Clemens took part in another Fenway ceremony. This time, he was at the ballpark for a reunion of the 1988 squad, otherwise known as "Morgan's Magic." 

Aug. 14, 2014: Clemens may never be enshrined in Cooperstown, due to his alleged steroid use. But he does have a plaque in the Red Sox Hall of Fame. Clemens was inducted in 2014 and received a warm reception during the on-field ceremony. 

May 25, 2016: After taking 2015 off, Clemens was back at Fenway last season for more pageantry. This time around, he was there for the 30th anniversary of the 1986 team. "It's home for me," Clemens said in an interview beforehand.