Roberts looks forward to playing with Yankees

Roberts looks forward to playing with Yankees
January 24, 2014, 9:00 am
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Baltimore Orioles' Brian Roberts watches his grand slam against the Oakland Athletics in the fourth inning of a baseball game on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, in Baltimore.

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Since news of Brian Roberts signing with the New York Yankees became common knowledge last month, Roberts has been especially quiet. Never the most accessible of Orioles, Roberts made no comments on his move to New York.

On Wednesday, Roberts spoke to the YES Network about his new team.

“I don’t think they need a whole lot of sales pitch most of the time. When you have the opportunity to play for such a storied franchise and an organization that is always going to give you a chance to win a World Series every year, it doesn’t take a whole lot. As a kid, I think so many of us dream of putting that uniform on at some point,” Roberts said. “I had the incredible opportunity to play so many years in one city, and it was just time to move on, I think.”

There are many questions still to be asked of Roberts. Did he expect to be back in Baltimore? Is he hurt that he’s not?

It was time for both the Orioles and Roberts to move on. He had homes in both Baltimore and Sarasota, but in the interview said he’s not displeased about staying in the AL East.

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“It wasn’t necessarily the first thing on my checklist with my agent. But I certainly enjoy the American League East. It’s all I’ve known. I’m very familiar with the parks, and the cities, and the teams, and the players and the organizations, and I think it’s the best division in baseball. I enjoy that challenge every day. But then, when you look at the history in our division and you look at Boston and New York, they’re great destinations to play also. For this to come about the way it did – I certainly didn’t see this coming, heading into the offseason -- but I’m excited for the opportunity,” Roberts said.

The Yankees aren’t scheduled to come to Baltimore until July 11, and Roberts is sure to receive a warm welcome.