There aren’t as many clip joints as there used to be and the term has been gentrified as a clever name for suburban hair salons, but Tyler Clippard slipped into Queens and swiped a win for the Bronx with old-fashioned speed, skill and deception.
“He’s got a live fastball, kind of a herky-jerky motion,” David Wright told Peter Abraham of the Journal News. “He kind of comes at you with a lot of elbows and legs and he was throwing strikes. When you’ve got those kinds of off-speed pitches with that kind of control, his fastball would sneak in.”
It may not have been the greatest heist in New York history, but it was a big win from a big kid who couldn’t wipe the smile off his face.
“This is the greatest night of my life,” he said.
It got a little better when Yankee fans started with: “Tyler Clippard, Tyler Clippard, Tyler Clippard…”
“Yeah, the greatest night of my life…”
The first line of Clippard’s scouting report in the 2007 Baseball America Prospect Handbook is: “In his third full pro season, Clippard did what he has done every season – get better.”
His first start at Yankee Stadium will be electric, but it’ll be hard to top the effort he gave last night.