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Clemens was 'Toast of the Town'

NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens received a mixed reception of boos
and cheers Sunday night when he picked up an award at the annual
New York baseball dinner.

Clemens was making his first high-profile appearance in New York
since deciding earlier this month to end his brief retirement and
sign with the Houston Astros. His reversal was criticized by some
Yankees fans.

"I read some of the things on the back pages," Clemens told
the crowd at the black-tie dinner. "It was hurtful and it did
bother me because I poured my heart out."

Clemens, who spent five seasons with the Yankees, received the
Toast of the Town award from the New York chapter of the Baseball
Writers' Association of America.

"I might be playing closer to home, but my heart will always be
(filled with) fond memories here," Clemens said.