Tony Sipp has proved it doesn’t matter what school you sign with, what round you’re drafted in or even where you’re from. If you’re good enough, you can rise through baseball’s largely unforgiving ranks.
The former Moss Point and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College star didn’t take a traditional route to the majors, but he’s made the most of his opportunities. Wednesday night the Coast native was on top of the baseball world as he celebrated the Houston Astros’ first World Series title with his teammates.
Although Sipp was not a part of the Astros’ post-season rosters, he still had plenty of reason to celebrate — which he documented on his Instagram page.
He posted several photos with commentary such as “It’s a wrap!!!” and “World Series Champs!!!” One photo was accompanied with the message, “Say what you want but you can never change history.”
He was also front and center during the post-game trophy presentation, as shown on FOX.
After standing out for Moss Point, Sipp played at MGCCC and Okaloosa-Walton College before transferring to Clemson, where he was a 45th round selection of the Cleveland Indians in 2004 (he was previously a 28th round selection of the Chicago White Sox in 2001 and 33rd round selection of the White Sox in 2002).
Sipp made his major league debut at age 25 in 2009 with the Indians, posting a 2.93 ERA in 46 appearances. In 2012, Sipp was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a large three-way deal that also involved the Cincinnati Reds. After pitching with Arizona in 2013, Sipp signed with Houston in 2014. On Dec. 11, 2015, Sipp signed a three-year extension with the Astros.
Sipp had an up and down 2017 season, ultimately posting a 5.79 ERA in 37 1/3 innings with 39 strikeouts and 16 walks. Although he returned from injury late in the year, he didn’t make Houston’s post-season rosters. He did, however, remain on the Astros’ 40-man roster and celebrated with the team after eliminating the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games.
“At some point, it’s going to take all 40 guys on a 40-man roster to win a championship,” Astros outfielder Cameron Maybin said in the Houston Chronicle. “That doesn’t mean everybody is going to be there at the end. It doesn’t mean everybody was there at the beginning. But it takes a roll, it takes a collective group not only getting to the playoffs, but making it here and having a chance to accomplish a wonderful feat.”