Clemens saga weaves a tangled web in Houston
HOUSTON -- You can't utter Roger Clemens' name around this sprawling oil-centric metropolis without riling up the locals. The Rocket is a larger-than-life icon, a hardball favorite of down-home folks, board room captains and Texas politicos. He is such big stuff that former president George H. W. Bush phoned Clemens, as the pitcher sat perched in a deer blind on a hunting trip last winter, to commiserate about the steroid accusations leveled against him in the Mitchell report.
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