If you have taken batting practice off of your father, you have no doubt fantasized about taking him deep. Homering off of your dad is a moment of personal validation, especially if dear old dad is one of the winningest pitchers in baseball history.
On this day in baseball history, father and son shared a special moment in Houston Astros training camp. In a 2006 intra-squad scrimmage, Koby Clemens, the oldest of the four Clemens “K Boys,” went deep against his dad, Roger. No word if Koby hot dogged it around the bases, but in his next at-bat, he was brushed back with some inside heat from his 300-game-winning father.
Roger was only in training camp working out to stay in shape while he contemplated retirement. The Rocket would eventually decide to come back and pitch for the Astros midseason, and wound up making 19 starts for the team with a 7-6 record and 2.30 ERA. Despite his son’s spring training bomb, he proved he still had it.
Koby is still kicking around the lower levels of organized baseball. He was released by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2012, and has not latched on with another Major League organization since. Koby has played the last two seasons with the Sugarland Skeeters of the Atlantic League, but has not seen much success. He is the only of the Clemens brood to play professional baseball so far, but younger brothers Kacy and Kody will soon be teaming up at the University of Texas.