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Former Red Sox ace Roger Clemens coming to Bangor on Saturday

Elise Amendola | AP
Elise Amendola | AP
Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens pats his heart to cheering fans during a ceremony prior to a baseball game between the Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park in Boston Tuesday, July 30, 2013.

Roger Clemens ranks third all time in the major leagues with 4,672 strikeouts and his 354 victories are ninth in baseball history.

He won a record seven Cy Young Awards.

On Saturday night, eastern Maine baseball fans will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to chat with the former Boston Red Sox pitcher.

Clemens will sit down with hundreds of lucky fans for a hot stove event at the Anah Shrine Temple at 1404 Broadway in Bangor. The 56-year-old Texan is arguably the most prominent sports figure to appear in Bangor in the last 50 years.

Saturday’s event, presented by Jeff Solari’s Sports Chowdah, a division of Rock Lobster Media, runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Clemens will talk baseball from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in a moderated question-and-answer format.

Clemens agreed to appear for a fee of $50,000, and Solari said the money will go to the Roger Clemens Foundation, a charitable organization formed by the pitcher and his wife, Debbie.

Clemens remains controversial because of accusations that he used performance-enhancing drugs while in the major leagues. That accusation, made by his personal trainer, is what is believed to have kept Clemens out of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Clemens denied the charges and was indicted by a grand jury on charges of perjury, making false statements to Congress and obstruction of justice. He was acquitted of all charges.

“At the end of the day, he was one of the best of all time. To get somebody that famous to eastern Maine is huge,” Solari told the BDN when announcing the event in November.

VIP tickets for the evening, which include time with Clemens, photo opportunities, dinner and drinks, are $119 each. General admission tickets are $33.

Clemens was an 11-time all-star during his 24-year career, and earned the rare distinction of winning the Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards in the same year. That came in 1986 when he led the Red Sox to a berth in the World Series behind his 24-4 record and 2.48 earned run average.

He finished among the top 10 in Most Valuable Player Award voting six times. He posted a 192-111 record with a 3.06 ERA in 13 seasons with the Red Sox.

Clemens also pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees and Houston Astros. He concluded his career with a 354-184 record and a 3.12 ERA. He had 4,672 strikeouts, 1,580 walks, 118 complete games and 46 shoutouts.

“He’s a legend. He has been controversial but, someday, he will be in the Hall,” Solari said.

In the most recent Hall of Fame voting, Clemens ranked fifth as he received 253 votes and was on 59.5 percent of all ballots. It was his best showing in seven years of eligibility.

Players must receive 75 percent of the votes to be elected.

Tickets to the Clemens event can be obtained at sportschowdah.com.



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