Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Rocket launch

Lexington, Ky. - The folks at Legends Field deserve a round of applause for their handling of the media circus which enveloped their ballpark last night for Roger Clemens' first minor-league start.

The press box at Legends Field has a capacity of, I'm guessing, 30. The ballpark itself has a seating capacity of around 6,000. There were 131 media credentials issued and attendance was listed at 9,222.

You do the math.

Other than some glitches with the wireless internet in the media tent, everything went off without a hitch.

Clemens looked strong, allowing one run on three hits, no walks, and six strikeouts in three innings. He's scheduled to pitch Sunday for Double-A Corpus Christi and then make one start for Triple-A Round Rock before rejoining the Astros.

"It was a circus atmosphere," said Clemens. "It took me some time to get locked in."

The Astros, who just lost Roy Oswalt to the 15-day DL, hope it doesn't take 'Rocket' long to lock in at Houston.


Chris said...

Hey Jeff, speaking of fellas making the rounds in the minors, what's the word on Paul Wilson?

I haven't heard (or been able to find) anything on him since late April.

Jeff Wallner said...

Hey Chris,

Thanks for checking in.

I spoke to Paul during the last homestand and he appeared a little frustrated. Things were going well for him until he experienced some shoulder fatigue which caused him to be recalled from his rehab assignment.

As of last week, Wilson was doing long-toss regularly at GABP but there was no timetable for getting him back on a mound.