Roger Clemens, shown at Fenway in 2013, still feels strong ties to Boston. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Roger Clemens on Hall of Fame: 'I don't worry about it too much'

John Tomase
July 07, 2015 - 10:32 pm

A familiar face visited the WEEI broadcast booth on Tuesday night -- The Rocket. Roger Clemens was in town to throw batting practice as part of a Jimmy Fund event, and after broadcasting a couple of innings with Joe Castiglione and Dave O'Brien, and before heading out for dinner, he stopped to discuss his feelings for Boston, his thoughts on Pedro Martinez heading into the Hall of Fame, and his own hopes of one day reaching Cooperstown. Now a special assistant to Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, Clemens was making his first visit to Boston since being inducted into the team's Hall of Fame last August. "Boston's always been great to me, every time I'm here," he said. "This is where I got started. I have wonderful memories here, you bet." With so many former Red Sox stars now regular visitors to the park -- including Carlton Fisk, Fred Lynn, Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersley and Tim Wakefield -- Clemens was asked if he could envision being a more visible presence locally at some point, too. "I'm pretty visible everywhere," he said. "I'm pretty busy. Anytime we come up, we do all kinds of things in the city." As for Martinez heading into the Hall of Fame later this month, Clemens praised his one-time rival. "I think it's great," he said. "Pedro had a wonderful career and it's a well-deserved honor. It was fun doing the little deal that we did here with him a little while back." That leads to Clemens' own Hall candidacy. Because of his links to performance-enhancing drugs, the seven-time Cy Young winner has never received more than 37.6 percent of the vote. He hopes that changes, but realizes it's out of his hands. "I don't worry about it too much," he said. "I don't have a say in it. I appreciate [people saying he's deserving], but it's not going to change who I am as a person."