I thought this was highly amusing and had to share it with everyone in case you missed it.
Roger Clemens was asked about Mike Piazza‘s claim in his upcoming book that he took karate lessons in order to exact revenge on Clemens – I guess Piazza did it in case Clemens were to ever plunk him again. Clemens, to his credit, had a few funny quips in his statement, even one where he mentioned that Piazza would have had to have gotten in line behind at least three of his Yankee teammates at the time, who also wanted to slug him. I wonder who they were. Hmmm.
Anyway, I thought the most amusing line of the whole Clemens statement was this one:
“He chased some dude around the spring training site one time, didn’t he, or something?”
Do you guys remember when Guillermo Mota hit Piazza with a pitch in Spring Training and Piazza went after him? It happened ten years ago this Spring but to this day, it is still one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. (Not the actual plunking but the way Mota reacted to it.) Here’s video of the incident which happened 3/13/03.
After getting plunked up by his head, Piazza chased Mota around the field, as did some of his teammates, including Jeromy Burnitz. Mota, whose Dodgers were up 10-1 at the time he nailed Piazza with the pitch, threw his glove at the slugger before running away from him. Piazza had such a crazed look in his eyes, like he was going to kill Mota with his bare hands and at one point he had to be held back by at least four teammates so the fact that Clemens remembered the incident really struck me funny. This wasn’t the first incident between them. A year earlier, Mota pulled the same nonsense and Piazza actually waited for him outside the clubhouse, asking people, “Where’s Mota?” because he wanted to confront him.
Honestly, I don’t blame Piazza. I was there the night Clemens hit him in the head at Yankee Stadium in July 2000. It was pretty frightening to witness and I can see why he’d be sensitive to headhunters like Mota. And back to the other stuff Clemens said, I really wonder who the three teammates were.
Do you guys have any guesses as to who they could be? Leave them in the comments.