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Great Balls of Fire

Posted By Alex Belth On January 28, 2009 @ 10:15 pm In Bronx Banter | Comments Disabled

Why is this man hot?

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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.”

Explains a lot, doesn’t it?


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