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Yankees First-Round Draft Pick Ian Clarkin Apologizes For Anti-Yankee Comments

Clarkin Said He 'Couldn't Stand' The Yankees In Pre-Taped Draft Video
Ian Clarkin of United States talks with Chris Okey during the 18U Baseball World Championship match between the USA and Canada at Mokdong stadium on September 8, 2012 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Ian Clarkin of United States talks with Chris Okey during the 18U Baseball World Championship match between the USA and Canada at Mokdong stadium on September 8, 2012 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A talented high school pitcher taken by the New York Yankees in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft is apologizing for comments that barbed the team.

Ian Clarkin was picked by the Bombers 33rd overall Thursday night. Right after being chosen, MLB Network showed a video in which the 18-year-old from California said he “cannot stand” the Yankees.

On a conference call Friday, Clarkin said he was sorry. He said the remarks were taken out of context and meant to tease his mother, a diehard Yankees fan. Clarkin took after his father, a Pittsburgh Pirates fan who despises the Yankees.

“First and foremost, I want to apologize to all the Yankee fans for my comments,” Clarkin said.

Clarkin was shown recalling his reaction to the Arizona Diamondbacks beating the Yankees in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series.

“I cannot stand the Yankees, so I was actually in tears, I was so happy,” Clarkin said on the video.

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