View Full Version : Boss not so happy with female umpire

07-28-2002, 02:04 PM
George Steinbrenner thought Roger Clemens had a few things going against him in his rehab stint, including female plate umpire Ria Cortesia.

''It was tough, you had a second-string catcher, which was a mistake, a kid that didn't belong catching him. Our regular catcher is hurt,'' Steinbrenner said. ''And you've got a female umpire, that's a tough thing to cover. Nothing against females, but I mean for Roger, I think she was probably as excited as anybody in the stands.''

Cortesia said she umpired Clemens' kids in Little League in Texas a few years ago.

''Is that right? Well that's good, I guess she'll go back there,'' Steinbrenner said. ''She wasn't that good, she wasn't bad, but she wasn't that good.''

Clemens had no problem with Cortesia.

''She was pretty good, she was great,'' he said. ''I told her before the last inning that this was probably it for me and that I enjoyed it, and she said, 'Thank you.' It was a great time.''