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6 Innings with Brian Clapp

Written by - Posted 2008-04-10 02:09 in Six Innings

We’re bringing back a fan favorite this week by sitting down with Brian Clapp for Six Questions in Six Innings. Clapp begins his third season in the PWL managing a team that seems more likely to fit in at an Amnesty International rally than a wiffleball field. Sporting pirate uniforms and a traveling with a posse that can’t be counted on two hands they make the chatty Masterbatters look like Calvin Coolidge. Their come from behind victory over the Mud Puppies during week one showed they are for real, and their leader also ripped his first career homer while putting on an impressive offensive performance. Sure, it was his 4 errors in the field that helped get them run-ruled in the second game, but don’t count them out or you’ll be walking the plank.

Name: Brian Clapp
Team:Rossi Posse (Manager); Mega Maids (Su2007); Wiffleblowers (Sp2007)
Age: 26
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Resides: Alexandria, VA
Employer: US Environmental Protection Agency
Seasons: Spring 2008, Summer 2007, Spring 2007
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

The Rossi Posse, "The Clapp" as his teammates affectionately call him is standing second from right. Only 6 players are allowed per roster.


TWIF: What is your favorite baseball team and who is your favorite baseball player of all time?
BC: Arizona Diamondbacks (or whoever is beating the Yankees this week). Luis Gonzalez, at least until he put on Dodger Blue

TWIF: Small ball or big inning?
BC: Small ball. It's not what gets people to the park, but it's what wins ballgames.

TWIF: Most annoying member of the Rossi Posse?
BC: Annoying? I'm not sure I understand the question. If you mean enthusiastic, I think the answer is all of the above.

TWIF: Have you ever done anything under the bleachers you're not proud of?
BC: Not yet. Give it time.

TWIF: If you could lock up one player from the league in the Fort for the rest of the season, who would it be?
BC: I know the right answer is supposed to be Zigmund, since he can apparently do no wrong, but he's just so damned entertaining that I can't go that route. I guess I'll go with Brett Beyerlin, mostly 'cause I'm still pissed about that three-run jack he hit off me in Week 1. By the way, an honorable mention goes to Deborah Deas of the National Park Service for kicking us out of Gravelly. 15 minutes to Wiffleball turned into an hour, and that is not cool when there are 11 o'clock games to umpire.

TWIF: In sports, great players or teams are often categorized by accomplishments they haven’t achieved. In golf, for a long time Phil Mickleson was the greatest player never to win a major. Rarely are mediocre players categorized by what they have achieved. However, when people talk about Brian Clapp in the clubhouses around the PWL, it’s often said, “he’s the worst player ever to become a manager.” How do you respond to that?
BC: Earl Weaver once said "Bad ballplayers make good managers, not the other way around. All I can do is help them be as good as they are." I can't say it any better.

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