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Rocket gets laugh out of satire06/23/2007 3:52 AM ET
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- Roger Clemens has a tireless work ethic and a splitter that still gives big league hitters fits, but The Rocket apparently can also laugh at himself.
The 44-year-old right-hander reportedly got some of the biggest laughs in the Yankees' clubhouse out of a popular Internet clip this week, which depicts the future Hall of Famer seeking a contract in the year 2057.
According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Clemens gathered around a computer at Colorado's Coors Field on Thursday afternoon with several teammates and coaches to view the three-minute and 44-second clip.
The clip takes on the feel of a short film, complete with an opening sequence set at the Yankee Stadium office of general manager Brian Cashman Jr., played by the movie's creator, Massachusetts native Michael Barber.
A 95-year-old Clemens -- played by actor Johnny Holliday -- is shown in Cashman's office, wearing a Yankees batting practice jersey and cap while trying to talk his way back on to the roster for one more season in the sun.
"Hey, I'm Roger Clemens, and I want to pitch," the character says, before repeating numerous times, "I'm the Rocket!"
Not to spoil the ending, but the 95-year-old Clemens eventually gets his wish after insisting on hearing from The Boss. The video has become one of the more-viewed Internet clips of the summer, logging thousands of hits on the video-serving site YouTube and others.
Clemens has made three starts since suiting up for the Yankees for his reprise relaunch, posting a 4.86 ERA and striking out 21 batters in 16 2/3 innings.
He defeated the Pirates in his debut on June 9 before losing to the Mets on June 15 and suffering a defeat against the Rockies on Thursday.
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