Prospect who “cannot stand the Yankees” inks deal with Yankees

  • David Whitlock

The New York Yankees have signed their first round draft pick, prep LHP Ian Clarkin for $1.65M, the slot budget for the pick.  One of the more interesting stories of the first round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft was Clarkin, who immediately after being drafted, had  a “whoops” on his introductory tape on MLB.com (skip to the 1:35 mark for expedited service):

“I could not stand the Yankees; I was actually in tears, I was so happy…” in reference to Luis Gonzalez Game 7 winning single off of Mariano Rivera.

Hard to hate $1.65M Credit: San Diego Union Tribune

Cannot stand the Yankees, can stand $1.65M
Credit: San Diego Union Tribune

Obviously the video was recorded long before he knew where he would fall.  I guess bygones can be bygones, I’ll gladly take just about anybody who I “cannot stand” if they fork over $1M or more!

Clarkin has handled the situation well, further clarifying (according to the same MLB.com feature):

“Now I do love them, and my [Pirates fan] dad’s going to have to learn to love them, too,” said Clarkin, who was 9-2 with a 0.95 ERA this season. “They’re the most historic organization, and I am looking forward to it. There’s proof in the pudding, and I’m excited for it.”

I wish I had $1.65M pudding!

Would be great if this kid ends up making the team, an All Star game or two, then maybe ends up in Monument Park!?

– David Whitlock (@lhd_on_sports)

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David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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