Even though Roger Clemens won two of his seven Cy Young awards with the Houston Astros and New York Yankees, he is making it clear that there is no conflict for him during the American League Championship Series. He still works for the Astros and that is where his loyalty lies.
"I tell people, they ask, 'You must be in a bind who you're rooting for,' and I say, 'Well, it's easy. New York's got enough hardware up there. My hometown needs a big shiny ring,'" said Clemens in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "So of course, I'm rooting for my hometown team."
Clemens' ten-year personal services contract with the Astros expires in 2017. It began in 2007 when he retired from Major League Baseball. He would like to get that deal extended.
"Yes, absolutely," added Clemens. "Whether it be spring training or I get a call around draft day, if they ask a pointed question, I'll give them my input. I just sit back and wait until they really need something. I stay in touch with (team president) Reid Ryan quite a bit. There's other stuff that goes on, that's on the fringe of baseball activities. It could be anything to do with suite holders, something to do for the organization. When Reid calls me, I really enjoy standing behind the team that enjoyed coming home and playing for."
Clemens said he hopes to meet with the Astros about the extension, perhaps in January.
"The Red Sox would really be the only other (team)," explained Clemens. "The Red Sox are where I cut my teeth. I'll visit with those guys depending on what Houston wants to do after this year. I'll have to sit down and talk to (the Astros)."