The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
 
Bob Geldof Organizes Worldwide Concert to Get Roger Clemens Some Run Support
Originally posted 8/29/2005

Clemens (left) and Geldof
HOUSTON - The Houston Astros lost yet another 1-0 game with Roger Clemens on the mound Sunday, the eighth time the team has been shut out in Clemens' 27 starts this year. So dark is Clemens' plight that musician and activist Bob Geldof, organizer of the Live Aid and Live 8 concerts, has pledged to put on an all-star music extravaganza in hopes of generating some run support for the future Hall of Fame pitcher.

"When I saw Roger's sad face on TV," Geldof said at a Monday press conference, "it absolutely broke my heart. I realized that the governments of the western world weren't about to lift a finger to help this man in his hour of need, and if people like Lance Berkman, Craig Biggio and Brad Ausmus won't do anything about it, then by God, I will."

"I can't thank Bob Geldof enough for coming to my aid," Clemens said Monday. "It takes a very special man to reach out to those of us who find ourselves in the most dire of circumstances, and it has become obvious that the rest of my Astros teammates have no interest in doing so."

The Astros have scored a grand total of five runs in Clemens' six losses this season, and Clemens has won only 11 games despite sporting a league-leading ERA of 1.51. The team has scored only two total runs in Clemens' last four outings, and three of Clemens' first four appearances this season were 1-0 Astros losses in which Clemens pitched seven scoreless innings.

Geldof promised a star-studded lineup at Rog-Aid, as the concert will be known. The event will feature acts performing live at London's Hyde Park, New York's Central Park and Houston's Minute Maid Park, and has been scheduled for the Astros next off day, September 8.

Among the bands performing, according to Geldof, will be an all-star ensemble featuring Rush's Neil Pert on drums, U2's Bono on lead vocals and Bronson Arroyo of the Boston Red Sox on guitar.

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