Reflecting on covering the first families of baseball
HOUSTON -- As a proud father of four, I really enjoyed working on the First Families of Houston Baseball series. You can't help but make similarities between what you did as a kid, and what your children do. Which is why it was such a treat to cover the relationships between Roger Clemens, Andy Pettite, Craig Biggio and their children.
My part of the series, focused on the Clemens, and Pettite families. Josh Pettitte is a spitting image of his father. He speaks like him, moves like him, and even pitches like him. Just like a movie, Josh pitches at Deer Park High School, the same high school Andy played at.
Josh told me, before every start, Andy sends him the same text message: "Work down on the zone, and sends audience of one, you are playing for the Lord."
Roger Clemens has four kids, and two who play together currently at Memorial High School, Kacy and Kody. Kacy is the senior, who might play next year at the University of Texas. That is unless he gets drafted high in the Major League Baseball Amateur draft.
Which will leave Kody,a sophomore, as the leader of the team when his big brother leaves. Kody is excited about visiting Kacy in Austin, "I can't wait to go up there and watch him throw on the bump, play some first. I'll go up there as much as I can to watch them play."
And when it comes to comparisons, both have a similar confidence to their father. Kacy is more outspoken, while Kody is more reserved, but just as competitive. A great gift for Roger, to watch both of his sons play at the same time. Even better, the two sometimes play short stop and third base together.
The most difficult part of the series was the distance between the families. At one point, the Clemens and Pettite families were inseparable. The kids were practically raised at Minute Maid Park when Roger and Andy played for the Astros.
But the Roger Clemens perjury trial, where Roger was found not guilty of lying to congress about his use of performance enhancing drug use, put that friendship on hold. But you can tell both families, still have a lot of love for each other. Which was obvious when I asked them about their times together.
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