Scary White Guys

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Everything about Roger Clemens suggests excess. He drives a Chevy Suburban known as the Texas Cadillac. He lives in a 16,000-square-foot mini-castle. He has two or three big-screen TVs in every room.

"Clemens assumes everyone's pleasure revolves around him," writes Pat Jordan in The New York Times Magazine. "He gave his four sons first names beginning with K — Koby, Kory, Kacy, and Kody — because K is the baseball symbol for strikeouts." Says his wife, Debbie, "I would have liked to have had a little girl. But the boys keep me busy. Roger is my biggest child." Jordan continues, "Fans, the media and his opponents judge Clemens by adult standards and, not surprisingly, find him wanting. They tend to view his behavior on the mound as that of an overgrown, schoolyard bully."

Clemens has been baseball's premier pitcher for a decade. Long dubbed a headhunter — a pitcher who throws at batters' heads to intimidate them — Clemens beaned Mets star Mike Piazza last year, giving him a concussion. The next time they faced each other, Piazza's bat shattered and a chunk flew in front of Clemens, who hurled it back at Piazza. Clemens recently paid a fine of $50,000 for this incident.

Close to George Bush senior, whom he visited several times at the White House, Clemens is also pals with Neil Bush, best known for his involvement with the failed Silverado Savings and Loan.

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