• Yankees draft pick Ian Clarkin regrets saying ‘I cannot stand the Yankees’ before draft

    Summary of 2 articles · Updated Jun 7, 2013
    After saying he "cannot stand" the New York Yankees in a pre-draft video, Yankees first-round pick Ian Clarkin used his first comments to the New York media to say he was sorry. Even if another team had drafted Clarkin, him saying "I cannot stand the Yankees" might have been used against him, somehow at some point, leading up to that first major league start against them . That was the reaction of left-handed pitcher Ian Clarkin, a first-round pick of the New York Yankees on Thursday, after one of his childhood idols, Luis Gonzalez of the Arizona Diamondbacks, reminded him of what Clarkin had said about the Yankees before the draft: During the call, Clarkin apologized three times for his comments. "First and foremost, I want to apologize to all the Yankee fans for my comments," Clarkin said. After Gonzalez won the 2001 World Series for Arizona, beating the Yankees with a famous RBI single in Game 7, Clarkin described himself like this in a pre-draft video: Off the cuff. Freudian slip. Exuberance of youth. A famous New Yorker once sang about regrets: "I've had a few, but in the end, too few to mention."

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