Park Wanted to Stay in Philly
MLB.com’s Yankees beat writer Bryan Hoch passed along these quotes from Chan Ho Park.
Park signed a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Yankees, which includes a potential $300,000 in bonuses. He actually had the opportunity to take a one-year, $3 million contract with the Phillies, but the Phillies thought they had reached a stalemate with Park and moved onto Danys Baez and Jose Contreras instead.
Park said it was “too late” to accept the Phillies’ offer. I think by the time he realized he couldn’t do better than the Phillies’ offer the Phillies already had signed Baez and Contreras and the Phillies no longer were interested.
“Philadelphia was the number one choice, and I had a tough time to leave there,” Park said. ”I’m mostly sad to leave Philadelphia, the teammates and fans were unbelievable. I had fun last year, good memories. That makes me sad. But this is the future and a good team and another chance.”
I just finished an interview with The 700 Level, which was fun. They also gave my book a nice review, which was great. What? You haven’t picked up a copy yet? (In my best Judge Smails voice) Well … we’re waiting.