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The Rocket wins his 7th Cy Young


Sitting around in my underwear....
Extraordinary accomplishment for Roger who at the age of 42 came out of a brief retirement to become the oldest Cy Young winner ever (Gaylord Perry was 40 when he won the NL honor in 1978).


Clemens retired after pitching for the New York Yankees in the 2003 World Series. Two months after he said he wouldn't return, Clemens changed his mind and signed with his hometown Houston Astros and went 18-4 with a 2.98 ERA and 218 strikeouts. Currently in Japan with a touring major league all-star team, he said last week he won't decide until January whether he will pitch in 2005.

Arizona's 41-year-old Randy Johnson, second to Clemens with five Cy Youngs, finished second with eight first-place votes and 97 points. The Big Unit went 16-14 with a 2.60 ERA and a major league-leading 290 strikeouts -- Arizona scored two runs or fewer in 17 of his 35 starts.

Houston's Roy Oswalt, who went 20-10 to lead the NL in wins, was third with 19 points, followed by San Francisco's Jason Schmidt with 13.

Clemens won three Cy Youngs with Boston (1986-87, 1991), two with Toronto (1997-98) and one with the Yankees (2001). He is the first player to win BBWAA awards with four teams, and the first to win eight awards -- he was the AL MVP in 1986.

He's also the fourth pitcher to win a Cy Young in each league and first Astro to win it since Mike Scott in 1986.

"He is amazing," St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said during the NL Championship Series. "As I say, I enjoyed it when he wasn't in our league."

With a 328-164 record, Clemens is 10th on the career wins list, and his 4,317 strikeouts are second to Nolan Ryan's 5,714.

He signed with the expressed intent of helping the Astros reach the World Series for the first time, but Houston fell one win short. Clemens couldn't hold a 2-0 lead against St. Louis in Game 7 of the NL Championship Series, when Albert Pujols hit a tying double in the sixth inning, and Scott Rolen followed with a two-run homer.

Clemens earned a $100,000 bonus for winning the award, while Johnson got $150,000 for finishing second. Oswalt and Schmidt earned bonuses of $25,000 each.
No doubt 21. A rotation with Pettite, The Rocket, & Roy O would have been tough for the Cards to overcome.

The Red Sox proved it in the World Series that good pitching always beats good hitting.

If you were to choose the jersey Clemens wears for his induction to Cooperstown, which one would it be?
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