Sipp acts quickly after callup to Indians
Lefty reliever able to share Majors debut with his mother
CLEVELAND -- Say this about Tony Sipp and his family members. They know how to adjust on the fly.When Sipp found out he was coming to the big leagues Tuesday night, he immediately called his mother, Evon, in Moss Point, Miss. "I called her about 11:30 p.m.," Sipp said, "and I think she had her flight [to Cleveland] booked by 11:35." Evon, therefore, was in attendance when Sipp made his impressive Major League debut Wednesday night, tossing a perfect ninth inning against the Royals with the Tribe trailing, 2-0. Manager Eric Wedge, bucking a trend, wasted no time throwing Sipp right into the fire, and his faith in the left-hander was rewarded. "We saw him quite a bit this spring and previous springs," Wedge said. "We have a lot of faith in the guys in our Minor League system, in regard to what they're telling us about him." Sipp was very appreciative of the opportunity. "I want to be in those situations," Sipp said. "I'm more of a guy who likes to adjust to situations, rather than have it easy early on. Because then at least you know, good or bad, how it feels and what to work on." Sipp received two game balls from his outing -- the ball he used to strike out Mike Jacobs, the first batter he faced, and the ball he used to retire Miguel Olivo with the last out of the inning. He gave the mementos to his mother. "I think she's more excited about me being up here than I am," Sipp said with a smile.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.