Clemens putting Cooperstown on hold

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Roger Clemens passed through Cooperstown for a visit during the All-Star break in 1999, when his son Koby was playing in a youth baseball tournament in town. Koby was 12 years old, and Roger, soon to be 37, was already wowing the baseball establishment with his longevity.

It had been more than two years since Dan Duquette's infamous "twilight of his career" quote -- a comment that has tormented Duquette far more than Clemens -- and the Rocket Man was fresh off back-to-back, 20-win seasons in Toronto.