LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Lafayette native and major league pitcher Clayton Richard spoke to parents and kids Monday night at his alma mater, McCutcheon High School.
Richard highlighted the importance of playing multiple sports, preparation and rest/recovery and being a good teammate.
After spending the first part of the 2016 season with the World Series champions, the Chicago Cubs, Richard says his contributions to the club will likely be recognized in the form of hardware.
‘Long story short, I will probably get a ring,” Richard said. “I think my family is probably a little more excited than I am, but it’s just different when you’re watching. When you’ve been a part of something, and you try to help get to the championship.”
“When you’re removed from that it’s difficult to watch in one sense, but then it’s very satisfying in another sense,” he continued. “I wanted more than anything for them to win and be successful. But at the same time, it’s very difficult to know that I was so close to being there — enjoying the festivities, the World Series. Everything you dream of as a little kid, and with the Cubs. Man, how special would that have been? But that’s just not how it worked out.”
Richard ended the season with the San Diego Padres. He gave up just 15 earned runs in 53 and 2/3 innings.