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Yankees First-Round Pick Before MLB Draft: ‘I Cannot Stand The Yankees’

Yankees helmet.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Yankees helmet. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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(CBS) New York Yankees first-round draft pick Ian Clarkin grew up a die-hard Diamondbacks fan.

And in 2001, it was Luis Gonzalez of the Diamondbacks who hit an RBI single in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series that helped Arizona defeat New York.

When asked about that play in a pre-draft video, Clarkin let his feelings on the Yankees known:

“I cannot stand the Yankees, so I was actually in tears because I was so happy,” he said.

Uh oh.

Clarkin rebounded after he learned he was drafted by the Yankees, though.

“Now I do love them, and my dad’s going to have to learn to love them, too,” Clarkin later told MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch. “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.”