Shawn Estes and Mike Piazza hit Roger Clemens all right Saturday--with longballs instead of beanballs.
But after learning that ESPN baseball analyst Rob Dibble questioned Estes' toughness and called him a "clown" on Baseball Tonight, the Mets struck back.
"He was the most unprofessional player to ever play, or one of them," Met Manager Bobby Valentine told the New York Daily News. "When he hit people it was because they hit a home run off him, not protection for his teammates."
Dibble, a relief pitcher for seven seasons in the major leagues said Estes should have hit Clemens, even after he missed and both benchings were warned, and that the left-hander probably lost the support of his teammates.