Corey Kluber Gave the Most Stone-Faced Interview After His No-Hitter

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Just another game for Corey Kluber

They call him Klubot for a reason.

Corey Kluber threw a no-hitter against the Rangers on Wednesday night in Arlington, coming just one walk away from pitching a perfect game. It was an impressive return to glory for a guy who had been one of the best pitchers in baseball before a recent stretch of bad injury luck. (He made just seven starts in 2019 before a comebacker broke his arm and ended his season, then threw just a single inning in 2020 due to a torn shoulder muscle.)

Wednesday’s performance should have made for an emotional night for Kluber. He was returning to the ballpark where he made his only appearance of the previous season, which also happens to be about 20 miles from where he grew up. He once again pitched like the guy who won two Cy Young Awards, proving that, at age 35, he can still mow down hitters like he did in Cleveland. And oh yeah, he threw a damn no-hitter!

And yet, from watching Kluber’s postgame interview, you’d think he’d had just had a totally average start. He looked like a guy who had just given up two runs on five hits in six innings of work, not someone who just pitched the game of his life. He never cracked a smile and never let his voice break out of its usual monotone range.

I assume the YES Network was being ironic when it posted the video of Kluber’s interview on its social media channels with the caption, “An emotional Corey Kluber met with Meredith Marakovits to talk his no-hitter performance!”

Marakovits is a good interviewer, so she knew better than to try to get the stoic Kluber to talk too much about his emotions, but I did find his response funny when she asked what he’ll remember most about the night.

“Um, I just think it was a lot of fun,” Kluber said. “I think it was a well-played game on both sides. We were able to scratch a couple runs across in—I’m sure if it was the fifth or the sixth. Aside from that, it was a well-played game. It was just fun to be a part of.”

I like to imagine, 40 years from now, Kluber’s grandkids asking him to tell the story of his no-hitter and him saying, “It was a well-played game. We got two runs in the sixth on a Tyler Wade triple and a DJ LeMahieu sacrifice fly.”

When Kluber spoke with the Yankees beat writers over Zoom later, he wasn’t much more animated.

I did count four smiles from Kluber in the press conference, though: One when asked about getting catcher Kyle Higashioka a gift, one when asked to recall the emotions he felt hugging Higashioka after the final out, one when explaining that his wife doesn’t like to watch him pitch and one when asked about the one walk he issued.

It’s funny to contrast Kluber’s interview with the freewheeling one Carlos Rodón gave after his no-hitter last month. Kluber’s unflappable demeanor has been the same ever since he entered the major leagues, so why would he be any different after a career-changing game? 

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