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The Yankees first-round pick Ian Clarkin (right) has apologized for comments made about the team. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images) The Yankees first-round pick Ian Clarkin (right) has apologized for comments made about the team. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

The New York Yankees are arguably the most hated team in baseball.

When Ian Clarkin was six years old, the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Yankees in the World Series, Clarkin felt the same way....until Thursday.

Clarkin was the Yankees first-round pick in yesterday's amateur draft, and then things got strange.

MLB Network showed a pre-draft video in which the 18-year-old left-handed pitcher said his top baseball moment growing up was watching the Diamondbacks beat the Yankees on Luis Gonzalez's game-winning bloop single off reliever Mariano Rivera in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series.

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"I cannot stand the Yankees, so I was actually in tears I was so happy," Clarkin said on the broadcast.

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

It was one of three times that Clarkin apologized for his comments.

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Clarkin could choose to stay in his hometown and honor his commitment to the University of San Diego.

"It will just have to come down to life-changing money," Clarkin said. "We are going to have to talk about it over as a family, see what works best for me, see what works best for the family. Hopefully, we'll get the scholarship in the contract also, but it is going to come down to how the money changes our family's lives."

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