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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