Dec 5, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (right) and new catcher Brian McCann during press conference at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Try Not To Cry Atlanta Braves Fans

Dec 5, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; (left to right) Yankees general Brian Cashman, president Randy Levine, newly acquired catcher Brian McCann and his wife Ashley McCann, and Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner during press conference to introduce new catcher Brian McCann at Yankees Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The unthinkable has happened.  The one thing that ever smaller market fan base has nightmares about.  The complete opposite of the jersey to be worn…

Brian McCann has done it….

The New York Yankees have officially signed Brian McCann to a five year, $85 million contact.  And on Thursday, McCann draped the famous pinstriped jersey over his shoulders.

After this historical moment (for Brian at least) he talked about joining the Yankees.

“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.”

Well there you have it boys and girls, al those moments we shared together laughing, crying, celebrating…yesterday, the day he wore the Yankees jersey for the first time, that was the best day of his life!

“This organization has a history of tremendous catchers,” McCann went on to say.  This is one step of many we need to take this winter.  I’m a big believer in run prevention, and catchers are a big part of that.”

Brian will again team up with former Brave Mark Teixeira, as the two will join an entire heap of talented, All-Star players.

Dec 5, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees newly signed catcher Brian McCann talks to reporters at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman-The Star-Ledger

When the Yankees built their new field and moved in at the beginning of the 2009 season, they added a nice gesture for left handed batters.  They moved the fences in to make it 314 feet from home plate to the seats.  This will definitely benefit Mr. Brian McCann.

“I’d be lying to you if I said I haven’t thought about that,” McCann responded when asked about the short right field wall.

I’ve always been a fan of McCann’s and it was a sad day to see him leave but as Braves fans’ we know this will happen – and probably happen more as these next few years come into play.

I hope the new baby-faced catcher has an All-Star season next year but I can’t help to say, I’m going to laugh if they Yankees weren’t able to buy a World Series ring.


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  • Matthew Jones

    I pull for most former Braves, but my exception always is when they go to the Yankees. It’s not that I don’t like Brian McCann, but it was the same with Justice, so it is the same with Mac.

    • Jeff Schafer

      I’m right there with you

    • carpengui

      I’ve gotten a bit numbed to this over the years… Smoltz and Ross to the Red Sox kinda forced that, I guess. Perhaps that’s also why I’m over-the-top about ‘what Wren should do’ when the opportunity actually exists… because it’s all temporary in the end.

  • fireboss

    I don’t feel the same way but I do understand what Matt says about the Yankees, I’d have felt that way if it had been the Philies. But really, would any player who felt he could succeed as a Yankee turn that down? I said I didn’t think Mac would be comfortable in New York and he seems happy now but time will tell. In any event the Braves were never going to give him a competitive salary and the Union discourages players from taking a huge home town discount as it affects every other player.

    The question is, if the backlash against Mac is real what happens when Heyward leaves?

    • Matthew Jones

      Ug, I don’t care for the Phillies either, so I’m there with you. I guess my beef with the Yankees is the obnoxious fans I’ve had to deal with that are here in Atlanta. More or less, I don’t mind if you’re a fan of another team, just don’t throw it all in my face about it.

      I agree with Mac going to the Yanks, too in how you put it. He’s going to be protected in the lineup, and he’s going to put up big numbers. The Braves couldn’t match the money that the Yankees were offering, and frankly, they shouldn’t have.

      As for Heyward, I think it’ll depend on how well he does over the next two years. If he becomes a superstar, it’ll hurt. If he continues to have up and down seasons, I don’t know if it’ll be so bad. My worry is Freddie Freeman leaving.

      • carpengui

        I’ll sign on to all of that.

      • fireboss

        “My worry is Freddie Freeman leaving.” and Simmons


  • Chris Headrick

    Don’t forget the seasons Bmac has had recently. If NY is trying to buy a series, as some suggest, Brian wouldn’t be a part of that purchase. Perhaps they got him to teach ethics in the club house. Ouch.

    Hey, once a Brave, always a Braves (Semper Chop), but some of the things Bmac did this past season were ridiculous to me. We’ll be completely fine in his absence.

    • fireboss

      They got Mac because they had no one who could catch and hit. Mac is one of the top pitch framers in the game and while he’s not great on the balls in the dirt neither was Posada. He’ll hit well in the stadium,, steady the rotation and lead when Jeter leaves. With Cano gone the egos are gone too. Should be a good clubhouse and an even keeled team again

  • carpengui

    He really needs to learn how to smile!

  • Joseph Fain

    I just threw up in my mouth a little.

  • Joseph Fain

    And yes, Brian should bring back the beard.

    • Matthew Jones

      He can’t with the Yankees. They have a no beard rule.

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  • Matthew Jones

    Sort of related here…years down the road, do the Braves end up retiring McCann’s 16? I know it depends somewhat on his Hall of Fame credentials in 10 years time. Be interesting to see what y’all think.

    • fireboss

      I think his 8 years isn’t enough for that today. Of course as standards change they may do it but today, nope.