Adam Ottavino went to high school in Brooklyn but went to college in Boston. Now that he's one of the newest Yankees relievers, he's proud to be directly involved in one of the biggest rivalries in sports.
Upon signing a three-year, $27 million deal with New York this offseason, the newest Yankees reliever is glad to be part of the team he rooted for as a kid.
"It's cool, it's a thrill," Ottavino said. "It's a team I grew up watching and rooting for and it's just a great opportunity for me."
More than joining pinstripes, he's excited for the opportunity to pitch against the Red Sox. He went to college at Northeastern before the St. Louis Cardinals drafted him in the first round in 2006. A lot of his friends are Red Sox fans, he said, but now he's pitching for his team.
"I wasn't too big on the Red Sox as a kid," Ottavino said with a smile.
"It's a great rivalry. It's great to be a part of."
Ottavino, who went 6-4 with a 2.43 ERA and 112 strikeouts in 77 2/3 innings with the Colorado Rockies last season, joins a stacked Yankees bullpen that also features Zack Britton, Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances and Chad Green, among others.
Boston, meanwhile, is currently working with a bullpen of Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier, Brian Johnson and Brandon Workman.