(NEW YORK) — From Yankee hater to Yankee player.
The New York Yankees selected 18-year-old, left-handed pitcher Ian Clarkin with the final pick in the first round of the 2013 MLB Draft.
While getting drafted must be a great moment in any athletes life, in this particular situation it must have been somewhat awkward.
After getting selected Thursday, the MLB Network played a video of Clarkin saying his favorite baseball moment growing up was when the Arizona Diamondbacks Luis Gonzalez hit a bloop single off Yankees closer Mariano Rivera to win the 2001 World Series.
“I cannot stand the Yankees,” Clarkin said. “So I was actually in tears, I was so happy.”
After the video was played Clarkin got right to work on changing people’s perception of what he thinks of his new team.
“Now I do love them,” Clarkin said to the MLB Network. “And my dad’s going to have to learn to love them too.”
Clarkin, who is from San Diego, still hasn’t decided if he’ll join the Yankees organization or honor his commitment to the Univerity of San Diego.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN