Whiz Kid: Julian Clarke

An interview with the Staples junior pitcher.

What are some of your hobbies off the field?

Writing. I've written a book and I write for several publications. It's something I really love doing and see myself doing forever. Also rec, definitely rec.

When did you start to play baseball?

I started playing baseball when I was one and a half with my grandma in my backyard. She would pitch me wiffle balls and I'd hit bombs. My love just carried from there. I think the moment I realized I loved baseball was when I lived in California and lost in my Little League final. I was more devastated than I've ever been in my life, and since then, I've always strived to be the best I can be and make the players around me want to work towards that same goal.

You are solely a pitcher now. When did you decide that was what you wanted to do?

To be honest, I used to be an awful pitcher. In Little League, I couldn't throw a pitch over the plate. I was a catcher and a third basemen because I was one of the few kids that could make the throw across the diamond. It was during the first fall that I lived in Westport when I started taking pitching seriously. I developed a sweeping curveball and have thrown it ever since. I still played other positions but it was when I got to high school that I really decided to focus on pitching.

Who is your favorite pitcher? Why?

My favorite pitcher of all time is Fergie Jenkins. The man was a horse; he threw 30 complete games in one season, if anyone even tried to do that now, their arm would fall off. 

Is there any pitcher that you most emulate in the way you pitch?

You wouldn't believe how long it took me to find the right way to pitch for myself. I ultimately decided on copying a few players with their attributes. I model my mechanics after David Robertson of the New York Yankees. He's the most mechanically sound pitcher I've ever seen, and his strikeouts to innings pitched ratio is outrageous. I model my work ethic after Roy Halladay, he works harder than any pitcher in the Major Leagues. First one in the building, last one out. That's the right way to play baseball.

What do you love most about baseball? Specifically, what do you love most about pitching?

I love baseball because it's having barbecues and listening to Bob Uecker on the radio, it's a month relationship between yourself and a team that will test your loyalty, your fanhood, and your collective guts and grit. Baseball is great because it embodies everything that is good in the world.

More specifically, I love pitching because I'm in total control. When I'm on the mound, nothing can get to me. I set the pace of the game, and I am recognized for saving a game or blowing it, that's why pitchers are the most important players on the field, they get their record posted right next to their name.

 What are some of your goals for the future in baseball?

You know, I guess we'll see where it takes me, but as far as goals go, I want to win FCIAC and state titles and play in college, but baseball is such a random game so you never know what may happen.


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