WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Thousands of people packed Lawrence-Dumont Stadium Wednesday night to witness one of baseball’s best players in action.
At the edge of their seats, a sold out crowd roared in anticipation for Roger Clemens to take the mound at the NBC World Series.
“I don’t know who organized it, but they did a good job doing it,” said Michael Vaughters.
“It’s a dream come true,” said Jason Platter.
Clemens, along with a group of other former MLB players, is on the Kansas Stars team. The team is playing in the NBC World Series tournament in Wichita.
“I never got a chance to go to a pro-game, never got to see him pitch because he retired, so now here in Wichita of all places you get to see him come and play,” Platter said.
Clemens, sporting his Red Sox jersey, pitched to his son Koby for three innings on Wednesday in front of more than 8,000 fans.
“It’s going to be nostalgic. I guess that’s the word to use for it, nostalgia,” Vaughters said.
The game was nostalgic for the fans and Clemens. Back in 1982, Clemens lead the Hutchinson Broncos to a fourth place finish at the World Series in Wichita.
“Wichita has always had a special place in Roger’s baseball heart because he played here. He played in the NBC world series. He’s an alum.,” said NBC World Series Tournament Director Kevin Jenks.
Jenks and fans told KSN they are proud to be a part of this year’s tournament.
“If this is Roger’s last chance to be on the mound, I think that’s great and maybe we will be on his mind for more things to come in the future,” Jenks said.
“To witness it is just something that will be cherished forever and passed on,” Platter said.