Clemens viewed Friday night's insect invasion at Cleveland's
Jacobs Field from both the dugout and a television in the
clubhouse, and he concluded it was too distracting an environment
to pitch in.
"I would have probably pulled us off the field," Clemens said
Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
Yankees rookie Joba Chamberlain was covered with the midges, an
insect related to mosquitoes. He threw a pair of wild pitches that
allowed the tying run to score in the eighth, and Cleveland went on
to win 2-1 in 11 innings and take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five
"I think it's hard enough for our young kids to go out there
and concentrate in that situation to have something like that
happen," said Clemens, the Yankees' Game 3 starter for Sunday.
Asked whether he would have pulled the team off the field had he
been an umpire or the manager, Clemens didn't give a direct answer
and then said his earlier response benefited from hindsight.
"It's easy to say now because it only lasted about 40
minutes," Clemens said.
Yankees first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz said playfully that the
gnat-like nuisance was caused by the cologne brand of the team
"The joke around the guys was that we all have Derek Jeter's
Driven on," he said. "Joba looked like the movie, 'Bees.' He had
them all over his neck and his back. But then again, so did their