SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When the Cleveland Indians selected reliever Tony Sipp in the 45th round of the 2004 MLB First-Year Player Draft, he didn't even know it until a friend called to tell him. Sipp had stopped paying attention after his name wasn't called in the first 15 rounds.
And even though he'd been drafted, Sipp didn't hear from the Indians.
"On draft day, they say they usually call you," Sipp said. "I got drafted, but I didn't get a call."
Apparently, Sipp says, the Indians had heard Sipp wanted too much money to sign. So Sipp went to pitch in the Cape Cod League, proving himself enough there that the Indians finally came calling to work out a deal.
As he had to then and at nearly every stop of his career, Sipp is once again out to prove his value, this time with the D-backs following an offseason trade.
"You don't owe anyone anything, especially when they come to a new organization," Sipp said. "They haven't been there to actually see you, so you're constantly proving y...