There’s no controversy — at least from a New England fan’s perspective — about which hat Roger Clemens would chose to wear if he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
“It would obviously be a Boston hat,’’ Clemens told 98.5 The Sports Hub. “That’s where I got my start and my nickname. It’s where I grew up.’’
If Clemens ever gets invited to Cooperstown, Hall of Fame staffers will have a say on what hat he would wear, if he wore one at all.
“The Museum staff works with each inductee by suggesting an appropriate logo option, or no logo at all,’’ said Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “For those whose most compelling contributions clearly took place with one team, a logo makes sense. For those whose careers were built significantly among multiple teams, not having a team logo is equally acceptable. Regardless of the selection, a Hall of Famer belongs to every team for which he played or managed, as well as every fan who followed his career.’’
Whether Clemens is afforded the opportunity to make that decision remains to be seen. The former Red Sox pitcher had 354 wins, 4,672 strikeouts during his 24-year career, but Clemens was embroiled in a PED scandal from which he was found not guilty.
“I’m not worried about it,’’ Clemens said of waiting for a Hall of Fame invitation. “I don’t confuse my career with my life, or refuse to let one person define what who I am as a person. The guys that are voting are great. It’s their opinion and they have a right to do what they want to do. I have zero control over it. I know how I did it; I did it right. I did it to the fullest and I loved it. That’s all you can do as an athlete when you go out and perform not only for your teammates but your fans and the city you play for.
“It’s an award. Go ask any of my teammates, that’s what means the most to me,’’ he said. “I love that I got to play 13 years at Fenway Park, right there where Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski ran around. It was awesome. That’s something you can never take away from me. I don’t worry about rumors that are carried by haters or anything like that.’’
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