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.