Timing is everything. Just ask Blue Jays first baseman-designated hitter Carlos Delgado, who was wearing number 21 when three-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens signed with Toronto as a free agent in December. After Delgado graciously volunteered to give up number 21, which Clemens had worn for 13 seasons with the Red Sox, Clemens showed his appreciation by presenting a $20,000 Rolex watch to Delgado on the first day of spring training.
Since then, it seems, Delgado has synchronized his hitting to whenever Clemens takes the mound. After collecting two homers and five RBIs while Clemens beat the Rangers 9-1 last Thursday, Delgado had hit .323 with seven homers and 19 RBIs in Clemens's 20 starts. He was hitting only .255 with 14 homers and 36 RBIs in 68 other games. And Clemens was 12 games over .500, while the rest of the Toronto staff was 14 games under.
[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]