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Roger Clemens looks forward to rejoining the Astros organization

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Roger Clemens told FOX 26 Sports on Tuesday that Astros owner Jim Crane has been in touch with some people that are close to him about rejoining the Astros organization and Clemens is thrilled.

Clemens signed a 10-year personal services contract with the Astros when he retired following the 2007 season.

On Monday Clemens was found innocent of all charges he lied to Congress about his use of performance-enhancing substances, which he has always denied.

"(Jim Crane) reached out to some people that are close to me," Clemens said. "I'm aware of that. They're all just letting me catch my breath.  

"I'm under contract with the Astros and I love coming home. I can do whatever that man asks me to do. I can approach that with no reservations and help the guys that need help, give them encouragement and speak to their ability and their mind to go out and be a Major League player and that's what I do best."

On Tuesday Crane confirmed he reached out to Clemens.

"We put in a call to Roger (Tuesday)," Crane said. "As soon as he gets ready we would love to visit with him.

"We've got him under contract. We're interested in working with him. He's been a great asset to the Astros in the past and we hope so in the future."

Clemens feels the same way.

"It means the world to me, no doubt about that," Clemens said. "I very much appreciate that.

"It's very kind of him to say that."

Next up for Clemens is the voting for the Hall of Fame. He is eligible for the first time and the voting is in December..

Clemens' resume, which includes seven Cy Young Awards, says he is a slam dunk, but he still has to get voted in by the writers.

"I don't have a say so," Clemens said. "The writers vote on it. I had great writers and great reporters that followed this, were extremely fair to me through the whole thing. Some of them weren't, that's just the way it goes. I can't control that.

"If it happens great. If it doesn't, I'm not going to go around shaking peoples hands telling them I'm a Hall of Famer. I played the game because I loved it, with a passion. I knew I could take care of my family and my extended family doing it and do it the right way. I feel very fortunate that I had the career that I did. I worked really hard to get there. I don't feel it's tarnished."

One day after learning he had been found innocent in Washington D.C., Clemens was back home in Houston playing baseball with his kids and watching the e-mails and text messages that continue to grow congratulating him on his victory.

His attorney, Rusty Hardin, told FOX 26 Sports on Monday it was important for the public to know that Clemens did not get off on a technicality.

Hardin said of those jurors he spoke with they said, "the jury rejected the idea that Roger did any of what he was charged with."

Clemens understands there will still be a battle in the court of public opinion.

"The ones that take the time to learn the facts and get to know me and that do know me and my fans that do know me and the people in the towns that I played in that do know me, they understand it," Clemens said.

"It's just like your playing career, you go to a town, you are a visiting player, some people aren't going to like you because you're the opponent. We didn't want another mistrial. We had to get our story out there and have it be told and people know that care about it, know the facts."

Part of Clemens' defense included having many of those people associated with him over the years, testify on his behalf.

"The thing that was difficult for me is to even have my friends come in and talk about me in a good or great way about how I lived my life or how I played," Clemens said. "That was tough at times, kind of uncomfortable because it's what I did. It's not who I am.

"I did it with a lot of passion, but for them to have a voice for me when I couldn't have my voice, had to pretty much just be quiet and move on. So that was great to have them on my side and get to tell our story a little bit."

Clemens is less than pleased at the way the government handled the case.

"I got to tell you the government intimidated a lot of friends and family and people around this town that shouldn't have been intimidated and hurt their businesses," Clemens said. "To hear their stories I just feel bad in my heart for them.

"It did bother me in the closing that some of my closer friends, my managers, that they said were dishonest. Somebody like my skipper (former Astros manager) Phil Garner came in there and was great and to hear them talk down or bad about him just really hurt my heart."

Clemens will never forget how this all started when he voluntarily went before Congress in 2008.

"I went into Congress with my eyes wide open and ready to answer any questions and it turned straight into a Jerry Springer show," Clemens said. "I couldn't believe it what was going on and the jurors made comments to that.

"They got to go behind the scenes and listen to my testimony and they said that 'it was very odd that every time you started to talk, they gaveled you down or cut you off' and I said 'yea I really didn't get to state my case too much', but just glad to be home. Glad it's over.

"We can continue to do the things I love to do, work with the boys, do things in the community, keep running the foundation. Never lose sight of what I've been about and that's helping others in this sport, the game I love, played 24 years, that one guy in the entire world can try and ruin, and we weren't about to let him do that."

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