He may have been a little late to the game.
And he didn't see any action.
But for York Revolution fans Monday night, their expectations of what they hoped to see of Roger Clemens were likely fulfilled.
The seven-time Cy Young Award winner arrived outside Sovereign Bank Stadium on Monday, wearing a pink, buttoned-down shirt and jeans, just minutes before the scheduled start time of 6:30 p.m. against the Sugar Land Skeeters.
Nearly three dozen fans greeted Clemens outside the visiting clubhouse, where he signed some autographs and chatted with a local TV reporter before finally making his way through the clubhouse doors.
"To see a professional baseball player is pretty good. It brings more fans to York's stadium," said Dave Jennings, a Revs' partial season-ticket holder who waited outside the visiting clubhouse starting at 2 p.m. to get Clemens' autograph.
With the start of the game delayed by rain for a little more than an hour, Clemens eventually made his way out onto the field before the start of the second inning. No announcement was made to the fans of Clemens' arrival on the field. But flashbulbs popped off around the stadium from some of the 4,762 fans in attendance as perhaps the biggest-name player to come to the Atlantic League walked to the Skeeters' dugout, this time sporting a Sugar Land uniform and ball cap.
"I kind of knew that he wasn't gonna be pitching. So I figured this is about as close as I'll ever get to him," said Keith Shoff, a 60-year-old Revs' season-ticket holder.
Shoff, a Chanceford Township resident, said he has been collecting signatures from New York Yankees' players for about 20 years, but had yet to get the autograph of Clemens, a former starter for the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Yankees and Houston Astros.
"I used to have season tickets (for the Baltimore Orioles) at Camden Yards," Shoff said. "Clemens used to come into the city by taxi. I would stand down there trying to get it. Never got one."
Clemens stayed in Sugar Land's dugout until the end of the sixth inning and didn't sign any autographs while walking back to the visiting clubhouse. Personnel from Schaad Detective Agency stayed by Clemens' side throughout the night.
Clemens: The 50-year-old right-hander is scheduled to throw a public bullpen session Tuesday for about 15 minutes beginning around 5 p.m. before the game at Sovereign Bank Stadium. Gates to the stadium will open at 4:45 p.m. to allow fans to watch Clemens.
He'll be in uniform for the game but is scheduled to fly back to Sugar Land on Tuesday night to get ready for his next start for the Skeeters on Friday, according to Sugar Land president Matt O'Brien.
Clemens made his first start for Sugar Land on Aug. 25, when he held Bridgeport scoreless in 31/3 innings of work, striking out two and allowing one hit. His velocity topped out at 88 mph.
Helping out: Though Clemens has had a sort of come-and-go schedule, he has been helpful in the couple days he spent with the Skeeters so far.
He went out of his way to share some words of advice with former Revs' reliever and current Sugar Land starting pitcher Michael Nix when Nix relieved Clemens on Aug. 25.
"I was minding my own business but (Clemens) took the initiative, which is surprising," Nix said before Monday's game. "He came to me and was talking about specific pitches I threw that inning. So, it was nice and surreal at the same time."
-- Reach John Walk at email@example.com.