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The Yankees signed Brian McCann because of his Munson-like toughness and demeanor

Feb 7, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

Crols Gomez Brian McCann AP

John Harper of the Daily News spoke to Brian McCann’s dad about his son signing with the Yankees. His dad relates this story, which he said was told to him by Hal Steinbrenner after the Yankees signed his boy:

“Mr. Steinbrenner told me the story the day we were in New York for the press conference,” Howie McCann, Brian’s father, was saying on Wednesday. “He said everyone there agreed they needed a catcher, and then Gene Michael stood up and said, ‘We want McCann because he reminds me of Thurman Munson, he has that same demeanor, that same toughness.’

Call me crazy, but I feel like an organization like the Yankees may take a few more factors into account than those things before investing $85 million into a dude. If not, well, RIP: Yankees analytics department.

Either way, I look forward to all of the Yankees fans who mocked McCann for getting in dudes’ faces last season explaining to me how that fire and intensity is an asset now.

  1. onbucky96 - Feb 7, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Gomez should have broke his jaw. McCann is a douche, he’ll get into it w/the Red Sox by their 2nd game. Order the Code Red.

    • klingonj - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      I watched the Gomez incident last weekend on MLB’s 2013 ejections. Gomez was an ass yapping around the bases where the pitcher, Freeman were telling him to shut up. I dont care who was catcher that day, he woould get in Gomez’s face. if you’re going to use something to call McCann a douche, use something better than that.

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