"This is Derek Jeter’s team. I’m excited to meet the guys and fall in line.
Today’s one of the best days of my life."
Brian McCann was visibly effervescent during his introductory press conference. There was no hiding his excitement at being a Yankee. Indeed, he stated how excited he was several times.
"This organization has a history of tremendous catchers. This is one step of many we need to take this winter."
Brian Cashman had his sights set on McCann early. One tidbit that came out was how Cashman came after the catcher right after the end of the season. He presented the former Brave’s wife with a bouquet of roses and Yankee onesies for their baby, with 34 emblazoned proudly.
"I’m a big believer in run prevention, and catchers are a big part of that."
Joe Girardi introduced McCann, and presented him with his Pinstripes, joking that the onesie had already given away that Brian would wear 34. “Every number was pretty much taken,” explained McCann later, “I wore it for a friend of mine. If it worked for him, maybe it’ll work for me.”
The Manager expounded upon the importance of catchers, Girardi went on to exhort upon the production and leadership he expected McCann to provide, and joked about how he was partial to catchers regardless.
Brian McCann himself was very genuine and very humble. As Cashman and Girardi did before him, McCann talked about the Yankee tradition of great catchers. He clearly was honored to be mentioned alongside Jorge Posada, Yogi Berra, and Thurman Munson.
He went on to say how pleased he was to be re-united with Mark Teixeira, and how he looked forward to working with CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova.
"I’d be lying to you if I said I haven’t thought about that," McCann said when asked about the Short Porch in Right. His eyes gleamed as he admitted dreaming about the homers he could land there. Very encouraging.
Randy Levine, interviewed after the press conference, said “Brian McCann is one of the best signings we could have asked for.” He went on to expound how he believed he would have a monster year, and be a team leader.
The press conference was short and sweet. No real surprises. Brian McCann displayed a humble but energetic personality that would be a good fit for Pinstripes.
And there seems to be no doubt, if anyone can do a good job behind the plate, McCann can!
Chad R. MacDonald
BYB Features Writer
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