Teams: Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Houston Astros
Innings pitched: 4,916
Roger Clemens sits third on the all-time strikeout list. He won seven Cy Young Awards. And with his high-90s fastball, when Clemens threw at a batter, they felt it. He plunked 159 batters in his 24-year career, but "The Rocket" is often remembered for throwing at Mets catcher Mike Piazza. Throwing a bat, that is.
In July 2000, Clemens, pitching for the Yankees in a regular-season interleague game, beaned Piazza, and Piazza made it known that he felt Clemens had intentionally thrown at his head. So the stage was set with tension when the two teams met again in the World Series that year.
Clemens started Game 2 of the "Subway Series," and in the first inning, he shattered Piazza’s bat — and promptly whipped a chunk of it up the first base line at the Mets slugger. After the benches cleared, Clemens went on to strikeout nine batters in eight innings, giving up just 2 hits in a 6-5 Yankees win.
And while Clemens was hit with a $50,000 fine, the Yankees took their third straight World Series title.