With 11 All-Star rankings, seven Cy Young Awards and two World Series championships under his belt, Roger Clemens has loads of baseball tales to share. And that he did recently when Memorial City presented a rare opportunity for fans to have dinner with the Rocket at Vallone's in Gateway Memorial City.
After a friendly meet-and-greet with close to 100 Memorial area dads and their sons and other fans, Clemens and wife Debbie sat down for the steak house's famed "Big Tex" meal — a 6-ounce steak accompanied by killer cheese enchiladas. Restaurateur Tony Vallone was on hand to insure that all was delish.
As the food settled in satisfied tummies, KPRC Channel 2 sports director Randy McIlvoy led Clemens through an easy conversation that covered everything from his best baseball memories to his trip to the Middle East to visit with U.S. troops. And he added a bit of pitching advice for the youngsters in the house and encouraged them to never lose their love for the game.
Baseball fans included Koby Clemens and his fiancée Callie Spry, Perry Hicks and son Scooter Hicks, Jason Johnson, Carrie Broussard, Jeff Abel, Scott Bean, Nicki Simpson, Clay Rabel, Jan Wilde, Brent Milam and Roseann Rogers with her son, Khalil Shah.