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Yankees first-round pick Ian Clarkin “could not stand the Yankees”

Jun 7, 2013, 9:51 AM EDT

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Ian Clarkin, a high school pitcher from San Diego who was the Yankees’ third first-round pick yesterday at No. 33 overall, said during a pre-draft interview that he “could not stand the Yankees” as a kid.

“I was actually in tears, I was so happy,” Clarkin said of being six years old in 2001 and watching Luis Gonzalez and the Diamondbacks beat the Yankees in the World Series.

Now he’s 18 years old and … well, Clarkin feels a whole lot differently:

Now I do love them, and my dad’s going to have to learn to love them, too. 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.

Funny how that works.

  1. number42is1 - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    who says you can’t buy love….

    • Francisco (FC) - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      The Beatles, but they were wrong on that one.

    • jfk69 - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      A hooker…You can only rent it

      • pisano - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:46 AM

        jfk69…. That works for me!

    • manchestermiracle - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      Money can’t buy love (sorry FC), but it sure can buy loyalty.

      • rockthered1286 - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:31 AM

        Mark Texierra agrees (I’ve ALWAYS loved the Yankees I swear…)

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      smart kid, if you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you are with.
      we had a lot of success with pitchers from SD.
      welcome to the empire kid!

      • ptfu - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:39 PM

        Hideki Irabu?

  2. jfk69 - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Tell your dad not to worry. You will probably be traded before too long.

  3. dondada10 - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Matt Harvey grew up a die-hard Yankees fan. Even worse, he’s a die-hard Yankee fan from CT.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      Even worse, he’s a die-hard Yankee fan from CT.

      What’s wrong with being a Yankee fan from CT?

      • jfk69 - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:32 AM

        Same thing as Twains story. Live in Greenwich and have the magic to make investors money disappear

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:08 AM

        So one town, that’s on the border of NY, is indicative of the entire state? Ok…

      • mazblast - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        Mark Twain didn’t call it “A Connecticut Red Sox in King Arthur’s Court”, did he?

    • yankswm - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      That’s normal. What’s your point?

      • skeleteeth - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:27 AM

        It’s been a mix of Sox, Yankees, and some Mets fans for years.

  4. historiophiliac - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    It’s like Sergio Romo!

  5. waiverclaim - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Ugh WHY do these guys agents agree to let them do interviews???

  6. section41 - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Well the Yankees just paid off the fathers mortgage so I think the hate is gone..

  7. rickdobrydney - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Wow , lots of hate around here —– 27 rings will do that , though…….

    • mazblast - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      Go climb into your time machine and go back to the 20th century. In the 21st, you have as many rings as the Marlins and one less than the Red Sox.

      “27 rings”, always the last desperate heave of the Yankee fan.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:58 PM

        Desperate? Last time the Yanks won was 2009, wanna guess how far we have to go back in that time machine to see the pirates do anything? Try 1979 junior!! As far as 27 rings go well if it didnt matter nobody would be counting now would they? The 21st century is still very young, as a matter of fact its got another 86 years to go. LOTS can happen but whats not going to happen is the pirates in the WS anytime soon.

  8. shanabartels - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    It was a dumb thing to say publicly. I realize the kid is young and has some growing up to do, but I will remember that comment for as long as he’s a prospect. I don’t wish any ill upon him, but I’m not exactly going to bend over backwards cheering for a kid who doesn’t really want to be part of the organization. It just makes me ambivalent.

    • jfk69 - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      The kid is smart. Knows well that very few Yankee draft picks who are pitchers ever see the big show with the Yankees. Will soon join ex Yankee Ian Kennedy in Arizona. Dad will be happy.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:18 AM

        Exactly, I mean Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson, Ivan Nova, Tyler Clippard, Ted Lilly and many others never came up with the Yanks. Even Ian Kennedy started in the majors with the Yanks.

      • 18thstreet - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:11 AM

        Church is right, but you (JFK69) could also say that about almost any team’s draft picks.

        So few of these guys pan out, I have trouble understanding how anyone gets excited about the draft. I get excited when they start performing well around High-A ball or get their promotions to AA. But the draft? Meh.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      When did he say he didn’t want to be a part of the organization? Did you miss the whole indented part? And Phil Hughes grew up a Red Sox fan. Do you not cheer for him?

      • 18thstreet - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:15 AM

        One of my favorite baseball quotes ever was Curt Schilling saying, “I guess I hate the Yankees now.” I mean, these guys — the players, that is — don’t care about baseball the same way that we do. That’s not to say they don’t care. But Ian Clarkin, today, is a very different person than Ian Clarkin at age 11 was. If I were a Yankee fan, I would be trouble not-at-all by these comments. If I were a member of the 2001 Yankees, I would NEVER stop giving him a hard time for it, though.

  9. mybrunoblog - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    It’s not a “dumb thing” for an 18 year old to say. He’s being honest. Would you rather have him lie? Many pro athletes grow up as fans of a certain team and then end up playing for their rivals. Happens all the time. My guess is that this kid would give an arm or leg to be a big league Yankee someday.

    • manchestermiracle - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      He’s just started learning about MLB. Give him time, he’ll learn to lie like a rug.

    • dluxxx - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      I’d give my left arm to be ambidextrous…

  10. specialkindofstupid - Jun 7, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    It’s always a nice story when your favorite team drafts a kid who grew up rooting for the team just like you do/did. Heck, I remember when the Braves drafted Adam Wainwright. (The guy was such a huge Braves fan as a kid that’s all the local stories talked about immediately after the 2000 draft.) And it still pains me the Braves traded him for J.D. Drew, given how successful he’s been and, yes, given the fact he loved the Braves growing up.

    But does it matter if a kid grew up rooting against your team? Meh, not really. Former Brave Jason Marquis grew up a Mets fan, but that didn’t stop me from rooting for him when he was in Atlanta. (His not being very good is what eventually stopped me from rooting for him.)

  11. randygnyc - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    He cried tears of joy when the dbags beat the Yankees? He was such a passionate fan then? At six years old?

    • largebill - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      “He cried tears of joy when the dbags beat the Yankees? He was such a passionate fan then? At six years old?”

      Sure, why not? Kids feed off their parents emotions. My daughter heard me in the mid 90′s go on and on about Albert Belle. One day she said “I’m going to marry Albert Belle.” Thankfully, that was a phase and she grew out of it.

  12. jayscarpa - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    That Game 7 is one of my least favorite Yankees memories. I didn’t cry…but I was stunned – I’ll never forget it. Great WS anyway.

    It’s a great story if he makes it & the Yankees can always use good LHP.

  13. yousuxxors - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    for a nice bonus I’ll stop hating a lot of teams.

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