Before she died, Bess had told Roger that his team would score 10 runs for him that night. Clemens laughed; it seemed preposterous given the meager run support he'd come to expect. But the Astros busted loose for three runs in the seventh and four more in the eighth to win 10-2. ( Houston would go on to take the wild card--by one game over the Phillies.)
Soon after the last out, the video board at Minute Maid Park played a tribute to Bess Clemens, accompanied by Elton John's Rocket Man. Players from both teams, some who had begun to walk across the field from the bullpens, stopped, removed their caps and watched.
Clemens was in a back room of the clubhouse, alone, while the tribute played simultaneously on a wall-mounted television. His eyes welled with tears as he watched the pictures of Bess, including one from when she was honored on the field before a game. "It was great to see her look so pretty," he said, "like I remember. She was my strength." On his first night without her, he proved that her strength remained within him.