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From the archives: ‘Is the Rocket returning?’

May 15, 2017

Hard to believe it’s already been over 10 years since I wrote this:

“Is the Rocket returning?”

In case you don’t remember, or if this is the first time you’re seeing it, I broke news on Roger Clemens’ potential return to baseball midway through the 2006 MLB season.

I was a junior at UMass Amherst. I covered the women’s lacrosse team for The Massachusetts Daily Collegian, our student newspaper. But I wanted more.

The MLB season was a few months in. Clemens was still a free agent. Or was he officially retired? I needed to know. So I tried reaching out to his agent, Randy Hendricks.

I was able to find Hendricks’ email, so I sent him a list of questions. And shockingly, he responded and answered most of them.

My editor at the time was Jeff Howe, who is currently the New England Patriots insider for the Boston Herald. I’ll never forget the look on his face when I pitched the story to him in the Daily Collegian newsroom.

Long story short, we ran with the story, and it received a good amount of publicity, thanks to Steve Silva and his “Boston Dirt Dogs” website, which linked it appropriately.

I was doing some reminiscing this week, and that Clemens story was one of the first things that popped into my head.

Perhaps I never really got the full credit I deserved for beating everyone and their mother to that news. But, turns out, that’s been par for the course over the last 10 years of my career.

People like to talk shit. But one thing they can’t say is that I didn’t put in my time.

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