MOOSIC, Pa. -- Roger Clemens ended his press conference by pounding the table and walking off when he was asked by a local reporter about some of the negative things that have been written about him over his comeback. In reality there really haven't been a lot of negative things, but it seemed to strike a chord with Clemens.
"If you want to be negative be negative. I'm not a negative person," he said. "You be negative as much as you want. If I stink and I don't pitch well out there, I know I stink. I don't need you tell me that. I have pride in what I do. I'll pull my heart out and set it right there [pointing to the table] for you to see it. When I perform, I've done it. I got that from my mother so if you want to write and these other people want to write negative...everything has to be negative these days. There always had to be a negative. I've always been positive in my life. It won't end. I don't want to be around negative people. So I won't associate myself with those people. So if it makes you feel good to write negative stuff then go ahead but you've never been in the arena. Never been in this arena to understand what it's like. Keep that in mind. People read your column and associate things with me that are not true. I'll answer it as honestly I can so that 10-year old when he reads about won't assume things. You can tell how passionate I am about it. Ok?"
With that Clemens ended the press conference.
Clemens should get the news today on when he'll be starting. It looks like Monday in Chicago as the Yankees have avoided starting him against the Red Sox even though he lined up to pitch Sunday against Boston.
Both pitching coach Billy Connors and special adviser Gene Michael will recommend that Clemens can pitch in the majors.
I spoke to Clemens after ward about Boston. Read about it in tomorrow's story.