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Clemens gone for good
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11/13/2003 11:47 AM ET 
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Roger Clemens (right) poses with artist Leroy Neiman on Nov. 13 before joining him to sign limited edition serigraphs based on Neiman's painting "The Rocket." (Kathy Willens/AP)
NEW YORK -- Joe Torre's charitable event got Roger Clemens back to New York.

But nothing can get him back on the mound.

Clemens offered the most definite, least hazy commentary he has yet to make on his retirement on Wednesday night, when he blew into town to attend a benefit for Torre's Safe at Home Foundation.

Addressing whether he could foresee circumstances under which he would prolong his career, Clemens told The Associated Press:

"No scenario. I'm retired."

That's it. No ambiguity. No wriggle room. None of that 0.1 percent loophole left famously twice by Michael Jordan.

Goodbye, baseball. Hello, Kody, Koby, Kory and Kacy.

Clemens has even instructed his agents, Alan and Randy Hendricks, to not let his free agent status -- The Rocket filed before last Friday's deadline -- go beyond a technicality.

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"I heard that," Clemens said, "and immediately my four boys picked up my option and said 'You're staying here.'"

The best remaining hope of yet seeing Clemens in uniform pitching competitively apparently fled with the U.S. Olympic team's stunning loss on Friday to Mexico.

Clemens was earnest about pitching in to help the country's gold medal quest in next year's Greece Olympics, a scenario that doubtless would've thrilled the baseball world.

Instead, all he can do is express frustration over the Americans' ouster from Olympic consideration.

"I'm shaking my head just like everyone else that they're going to have an Olympics and we, the United States, are not going to be represented there," Clemens said. "That's kind of a shame."

There is, however, no shame in Clemens sticking to his retirement guns, even after a productive 17-9 season that left many people incredulous that he would indeed walk.

After 310 wins and 4,099 strikeouts, he is comfortable with making intentionally hittable pitches -- throwing batting practice to his four sons.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.





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