Chan Ho Park finally made it to Tampa today, a week after agreeing to a deal with the team, and Edwar Ramirez was DFA’d to make room for the Yanks’ new No. 61. Park told Erik Boland that his first choice was to return to the Phillies, and he told Marc Carig that other teams offered him a chance to start, but he told both of them that he came to the Yankees because he wants to win a ring.
I usually joke about players saying they want a chance for a ring, because the money almost always makes the decision for them. At age 36, Park has made his money, over $84M during his career, and by all accounts he’s the greatest pitcher to ever come out of South Korea. He’s got his money, he’s already got the fame back home, now he wants a World Championship. At least now we know we’re on the same page.