10/23/2003 2:08 AM ET
Own the Rocket's final start
Own Roger Clemens' final start
By Mark Newman / MLB.com
Roger Clemens walked off the mound for the last time in his final Major League start the only way he possibly could have: with a strikeout. All of those flashing cameras at Pro Player Stadium captured the moment for posterity, and now you can capture it in your own cutting-edge way even if you were not there.
MLB.com's new and exclusive Digital Download Service allows you to savor that moment forever by transferring the commercial-free video broadcast straight to your hard drive. For just $3.95, you can download a World Series Game 4 that is sure to be a treasured classic and a clickable collectible of a Hall of Fame career.
If you are a Yankee fan, then this is one of those rare times when you can almost overlook the final result. You started collecting with the Rocket's rookie card way back in 1985, and the logical last act in this high-tech age is to download his final start. For everyone else, it was a magical moment within a magical game, finally ended by Florida's Alex Gonzalez with a 12th-inning walk-off homer.
You can order the game now and then download it 24 hours after the game ended, and then burn it to a CD for your personal use. File sizes range between 400-600 MB, and count on the high side of that in this marathon even with those commercials removed between innings. The RealVideo file can be expected to take at least 40 minutes to download from a broadband connection (DSL may take longer).
Clemens gave up a two-run homer in the first to Miguel Cabrera, who was born in Venezuela one year before the Rocket's Major League debut. After that three-run first, it was vintage Clemens. He then pitched six scoreless innings, and the seventh was a perfect send-off. Clemens struck out Carl Pavano on three pitches, induced Juan Pierre into a first-pitch flyout, and then caught Luis Castillo looking on a full count.
Clemens was given a standing ovation after the inning, and you will want to watch again and again as the Marlins dugout joined in the applause. It officially ended as a no-decision, and there is always a possibility he would make an emergency appearance later during this series. But that, he said, was that, and now you can have that last start forever.
This is a good time to create an entire Clemens video library of your own, in fact, so that you always can look back on his career. The Digital Download Service includes other Clemens outings that you can put on your hard drive right from your My Downloads page. Start with his double-milestone classic against St. Louis last June, when he recorded his 300th victory and 4,000th strikeout. And who can forget his wild matchup with Pedro Martinez in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series?
The Digital Download Service is one of the many exclusive video products and services available at MLB.com through this postseason. Visit MLB.com's Video Central for a menu of choices, and get access to even more exclusive products with subscription services such as Total Ticket, Fantasy Ticket and MLB.com Broadband.
Mark Newman is a writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.