Just finished a story for tomorrow on Tyler Clippard. The way my paper approaches the Subway Series is that we have a writer who regularly sees both teams write the game story. The two beat writers write stories on the clubs they cover and the columnist writes whatever he wants.
It works out well and it’s kind of a break for me in terms of writing on deadline.
Clippard was interesting. He told us about arriving at the game nearly five hours before the first pitch and walking around Shea to get comfortable. He seems like a good kid and he certainly pitched a gem.
Torre said that with Clippard at 95 pitches, they didn’t want to run him out there for the seventh inning.
Here is what David Wright said:
“We had our chance and couldnâ€™t get a couple big hits, and he settled down nicely and threw the ball well. For a young guy to come in that kind of atmosphere and throw strikes and throw all his pitches for strikes, I was impressed. Heâ€™s got good stuff. Heâ€™s got a live fastball, kind of a herky-jerky motion. He kind of comes at you with a lot of elbows and legs and he was t hrowing strikes. When youâ€™ve got those kind of off-speed pitches with that kind of control, his fastball would sneak in.”
Here is what Clippard said, via some audio: