New York Yankees starting pitcher Roger Clemens throws a pitch during an American League MLB baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York in this August 18, 2007 file photo. Credit: Ed Betz | Reuters

Jeff Solari wanted his new company, Rock Lobster Media, to make a big splash right out of the gate.

“I didn’t just want to send out sports emails. I wanted to do events. They are really popular,” Solari, a longtime radio sportscaster, said. “And I wanted to do something really big.”

So his first event will be a night in Bangor with former Boston Red Sox ace Roger Clemens, who won a major league-record seven Cy Young Awards.

The 56-year-old Clemens will be the featured hot stove banquet guest Saturday, March 16, at the Anah Shrine Temple at 1404 Broadway in Bangor.

The event will run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Clemens will talk baseball from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in a moderated question-and-answer format.

Solari previously had lined up an evening with New England Patriots radio color analyst and former NFL quarterback Scott Zolak in September, but Zolak canceled.

“I had made a couple of offers to other people but it didn’t work out,” said Solari, who has been a regular on the weekday sports talk show “The Drive” on 92.9 FM The Ticket in Brewer.

Clemens agreed to appear for a fee of $50,000, and Solari said the money will go to the Roger Clemens Foundation, a charitable organization formed by the pitcher and his wife, Debbie.

“At the end of the day, he was one of the best of all time. To get somebody that famous to eastern Maine is huge. It’s fantastic, and it will give my business a good kick in the butt,” he said.

There are VIP tickets on sale for $119 each, which include some time with Clemens such as photo opportunities, dinner and drinks. The general admission tickets are $33 apiece. There are also nominal fees.

Solari hopes to sell 600 total tickets, and he has already sold 140.

“I’m on the hook for a substantial amount of money, but between ticket sales and sponsors, I’m hoping to make a small profit,” Solari said. “When it’s all said and done, it’s not necessarily about the money, but I do need to feed my kids, and I’d like to put my business on the map, too.”

Clemens was an 11-time all-star during his 24-year career, and earned the rare distinction of winning the Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards the same year. That came in 1986 when he led the Red Sox to a berth in the World Series behind his 24-4 record and 2.48 earned run average.

He has finished among the top 10 in Most Valuable Player Award voting six times. He posted a 192-111 record with a 3.06 ERA in 13 seasons with the Red Sox.

He also pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees and Houston Astros.

He concluded his career with a 354-184 record and a 3.12 ERA. He had 4,672 strikeouts, 1,580 walks, 118 complete games and 46 shoutouts.

But Clemens has not been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame because he was accused by his personal trainer of using steroids, an allegation he has denied. He also was indicted by a grand jury on charges of perjury, making false statements to Congress and obstruction of justice but was acquitted of those charges.

“He’s a legend. He has been controversial but, someday, he will be in the Hall,” Solari said.

In the most recent voting, Clemens received 57.3 percent of the votes which was his best showing to date. He was 75 votes shy of the 317 needed to be inducted. Players need 75 percent of the vote.

Tickets to the Clemens event can be obtained at

The evening is being presented by Solari’s Sports Chowdah, a branch of Rock Lobster Media, and corporate sponsors United Insurance, Fabian Oil, WABI-TV 5 in Bangor, the Sea Dog Brewing Company, Dirigo Pines, Allenfarm Fence Company, Machias Savings Bank and Mainely Eyes.