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Lance Berkman
As told to Ben Reiter
April 17, 2006
ASTROS FIRST BASEMAN
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April 17, 2006

Lance Berkman

ASTROS FIRST BASEMAN

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On covering up a gaffe

In Baltimore last year I forgot how many outs there were and ran off the field. I got to the line, and I was like, Oh, my gosh, nobody's running off. I immediately went to the fake knee injury. The trainer came running out and was like, "Are you O.K.?" And I said, "Yeah, I just forgot how many outs there were." That was right after I came back from my knee [surgery]. So I had a built-in excuse.

On his spring training home

We've got a house in Celebration, Fla. It's the Disney town. You know The Truman Show? That's what it's like. The houses are kind of the same. They tried to create a little utopia. My wife, Cara, and young kids, Hannah and Carly, are there most of the day. There are parks and pools and it's safe, so that's kind of why we picked it. It's strange. I couldn't live there year round. When people come over, they're like, Golly, this is kind of weird.

On whether Roger Clemens will return to the Astros this year

I think there's a better than 50-percent chance he will. He loves to compete, and he strikes me as the kind of guy who finds it hard to give up the limelight. He likes being the Man, and he is the Man. If we're 15--30 [like last year], I don't think he'll come back. He's not going to come back unless he feels he can still do it and we have a chance to get back to the Series.

A THREE-TIME ALL-STAR, BERKMAN, 30, WAS HITTING .360 WITH FOUR HOMERS FOR HOUSTON (5-2)

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