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Check this out:
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“He says, that he is proud of being a world champion and was very happy to be able to contribute to the success of the Chicago Cubs. He said that 2016 turned out to be a the fantasy for him and getting traded to the Yankees was great because as most Cubans know, the Yankees have always been Cuba’s team.
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‘The organization treated me first class,’ he said, ‘And the fans were like no other.’ He also said, Chicago fans are great but there is something about a Yankee fan that is hard to explain. I asked him straight out, if the Yankees were his preference in the free agent market and he said, ‘I would love to be a Yankee again.’”
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You have to love that. I know I did. Coincidentally, the last time we heard a Yankee say something similar was the last time Ray Negron helped us out here on Bleeding Yankee Blue. He helped us get an interview with Raul Ibanez after the 2012 season. It was in BYB EXCLUSIVE. IBANEZ TO SANDY VICTIMS: “I AM HERE TO HELP” that Ibanez said:
“One of the greatest years of my life. I heard it was great to be a Yankee I just didn’t realize how much! I can’t wait to come back to the Yankees!”
|(May 8, 2016 – Source: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images North America)|
Obviously, Raul didn’t come back, but Chapman has a chance. Of course, it all comes down to money. Plus, Hal Steinbrenner made it clear he wants the bolster the Yankee pen. It would make sense that Chapman is on the top of that list.
Let’s see what happens in the next few days. I hope to see Chapman back in pinstripes!
Nice work, Ray Negron. To our BYB audience, Ray’s a solid guy and this is a great nugget.