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Sunday, January 25, 2004
Clemens was 'Toast of the Town'

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens received a mixed reception of boos and cheers Sunday night when he picked up an award at the annual New York baseball dinner.

Clemens was making his first high-profile appearance in New York since deciding earlier this month to end his brief retirement and sign with the Houston Astros. His reversal was criticized by some Yankees fans.

"I read some of the things on the back pages," Clemens told the crowd at the black-tie dinner. "It was hurtful and it did bother me because I poured my heart out."

Clemens, who spent five seasons with the Yankees, received the Toast of the Town award from the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

"I might be playing closer to home, but my heart will always be (filled with) fond memories here," Clemens said.