Roger Clemens’ older brother and hero.
Breakdown: Nine years Roger’s senior, Randy helped raise his little brother when their birth father abandoned the family and their step-father died of a heart attack. However, Randy’s drug problems caused the family great despair later in life.
From The Rocket That Fell to Earth: Instead, Randy Clemens was a nobody basketball coach, still at Troy High School, still fantasizing of a college scout knocking on his door and wisking him away to assist at UCLA or Indiana or North Carolina, still allegedly battling substance abuse problems. About to begin his fourth and final season at Troy, Randyâ€™s reputation in the Dayton area was in tatters. His Bobby Knight wannaÂ be shtick had grown tiredâ€” the taunting and yelling and snarling along the sideline,
the audibly cursingÂ out of referees for the tiniest of mistakes. â€œHe was a great coach, except for his behavior on the bench,â€ says Larry South, his lifelong friend and a Troy assistant coach. â€œThe kids loved him beÂ cause he was one of them. But he used a lot of profanity, and he didnâ€™t think about how that came across.â€
Those who knew Randy well say he was simultaneously pleased and haunted by his little brotherâ€™s success, and that any triumphs Roger enjoyed were often claimed by Randy as his own. I helped Roger with this. I taught Roger that. Perhaps thatâ€™s why, when Roger was wrapping up his collegiate days, Randy insisted that he not hire an agent to neÂgotiate with the Red Sox. â€œIâ€™ll represent you,â€ he said. â€œAt least youâ€™ll know I have your best interests at heart.â€ So Randy, not Scott Boras or Leigh Steinberg or Jerry Maguire, hammered out the $121,000 dealâ€”one that, in his defense, was deemed fair by all sides.
â€œRandy saw Roger as his ticket,â€ says South. â€œI donâ€™t know that Roger knew his brother viewed him that way. He probably didnâ€™t, beÂ cause Roger idolized Randy. But Randy always thoughtâ€” after all the times heâ€™d helped Rogerâ€” that eventually Roger would lead him to a bigÂ time job in college or professional sports. Iâ€™m sure he wanted to be living Rogerâ€™s life, but he would have been happy with whatever the next best thing was.â€
So how did Randy feel about Roger Clemens making his bigÂ league debut? Proud, surely. But, as he watched his brother warm up in the bullpen, also remorseful.
The familyâ€™s star was on the field.
The older brother was in the stands.
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