Ian Clarkin said the remarks were taken out of context and meant to tease his mother, a Yankees fan.
Paige Calamar/MLB/Getty Images

NEW YORK (AP) A 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 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 Yankees fan.

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

Clarkin was shown recalling his reaction to Arizona 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.

Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.