Clayton Kershaw recently joined Dallas radio station The Ticket KTCK to talk about a wide range of topics. After briefly discussing Kershaw’s relationship with Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, they got into baseball talk.
When asked about what happens when he’s having a tough day on the mound, Clayton had this to say:
That happens more than you’d like it to, for sure. I think that’s part of being a starting pitcher. They always say 30 starts a year, 10 starts you’re going to dominate, 10 starts you’re going to be terrible, and those 10 starts in between are going to make or break your season is kind of what they say. I don’t buy that for a second.
The way you compete, the way you go about it, you’re not going to have good stuff all the time, but you can out-compete the other team, and that’s what I try and tell high school kids.
Later, the host asked Clayton how he feels about Yu Darvish.
Yeah, Yu’s awesome. I think he was great when he came over. He speaks great English, so I got to talk to him a lot. He’s actually my throwing partner this offseason, we’ve been throwing every day. It’s been great to get to know him. That World Series was tough, but nobody remembers the start against the Diamondbacks, or that start against the Cubs that got us to the World Series. I mean, he was dominant for us.
Kershaw was then asked if losing game seven lingered and Kershaw responded simply with “for sure.” Then he was asked if it will stick with him long term and he was brutally honest with his answer.
Yeah, I think so. People say you need to get over it and wait for next season and they’re probably right, but it’s just so hard. You can not think about it, but when you start thinking about it you just were one game away from winning the World Series. When you start thinking about that, it makes it a little harder. If you haven’t noticed, I’m not quite there, yet. Spring training’s coming up soon, so I guess I’ve got to get over it.
Finally, Kershaw was asked about getting to pitch in game seven of the World Series.
Oh man, hopefully looking back on it someday I can appreciate getting to pitch in game seven. As a kid you always dream about making it to the big leagues but you don’t dream about getting to play in a World Series. At least I didn’t. I just wanted to get to play baseball so to get to do that is a really special thing.
You can listen to the full interview here.
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