Nick Swisher and Joanna Garcia are going to have a little leftover — check that, a lot of leftover — filet mignon at their wedding in Palm Beach this weekend. Swisher’s teammate, 300-pound hurler C.C. Sabathia, won’t be attending the couple’s wedding. The reason: he can’t find a babysitter.
Ben Maller brought our attention to a mini interview Sabathia did with Jill Martin of the NY Post at the Knicks-Timberwolves game on Monday night. “We can’t get a babysitter. I have four kids at home,” Sabathia said. “My mother doesn’t want to come out and babysit. We’re going to have to just send a gift.”
This almost sounds like some kind of inside joke between Sabathia and Swisher. First of all, C.C. makes his mom sound a little cold. Instead of saying “she can’t come out” he said “she doesn’t want to.” I don’t know about you, but that sounds to me like he’s unhappy with her for not helping out. Second of all, how does a guy who makes $23 million a year not have the world’s greatest nanny? Maybe the Sabathias are against leaving their children with someone who was at one point a stranger.
Either that, or C.C. and his wife, Amber, just have no desire to attend the wedding.
As much as we rip on umpires for getting calls wrong (and insist upon instant replay), they actually do a good job. When you consider how fast the game is played and how difficult it is to get in the right positions to make calls, they get it right more often than not. The problem is when they get things wrong, we know about it because we have HD cameras and instant replay from every angle, making missed calls inexcusable. Well, because we’ve pointed out all the mistakes the umpires have made in the playoffs, I’d like to point out a call they got right.
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the first, CC Sabathia launched a pitched over Jorge Posada’s glove. Nelson Cruz, the runner at third, decided to bolt him to try and score on the wild pitch. Posada got a great bounce off the brick wall, relayed to Sabathia who tagged Cruz out. Cruz appeared to beat the throw (and he did), but replays showed Sabathia tagged him out high before Cruz’s foot touched the plate (as you can see in the picture above).
The play didn’t seem to matter for most of the game because Texas had a three-run home run from Josh Hamilton earlier in the inning and got a two-run double from Michael Young in the 4th to lead 5-0. Once the Yankees took the lead scoring five runs in the 8th, they sure could have used that run. Good call by the umps on the play.
AMERICAN LEAGUE WINNER
C.C. Sabathia, New York Yankees (20-6, 3.05)
Sabathia will win the American League Cy Young at the end of the season. With a 21-6 record, he’s certainly a worthy candidate. The fact that he plays for the New York Yankees has made him a shoe-in, however. Not to take anything away from Sabathia, but the Yankees offense deserves plenty of credit for his success this year. There are a ton of pitchers in the A.L. who would be worthy of the Cy Young Award any other year. Those same pitchers would be worthy of it this year if they played for the Yankees.
Sabathia also helped his own cause by pitching deep into games. That, on the other hand, is not owed to his teammates. The Yankees’ workhorse has thrown 224 innings so far this season, which is second only to Felix Hernandez. To be able to pitch at such a high level with that large of a workload is truly remarkable in this day and age.
Last year the reigning AL Cy Young winner, CC Sabathia, was traded by the Indians prior to the trade deadline. CC performed magnificently, going 11-2 with seven complete games in 17 starts for the Brewers, frequently pitching on three days rest towards the end of the season. Sabathia posted a 1.65 ERA with a 1.00 WHIP in his 130.2 innings for the Brew Crew while almost single-handedly pitching them into the playoffs before he ran out of steam in the first round against the Phillies. This time around, it was the Phillies making the pre-deadline acquisition of the reigning AL Cy Young winner, also striking up a deal with the Indians.
Cliff Lee went from Cleveland to Philadelphia along with Ben Francisco in exchange for four minor leaguers. In four starts with the Phillies, Lee has gone 4-0 allowing only one run in each one of his starts, one of which wasn’t earned. The dude has been an absolute stud, posting his second complete game win in four starts with his new team. He’s 4-0 with a 0.82 ERA, 0.73 WHIP, and a 34/6 K to BB ratio. Likewise, CC was 4-0 in his first four starts with the Brewers, posting three complete games. Sabathia had a 1.35 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and a 31/6 K to BB ratio.
Both pitchers were awesome their first four starts with their new team and Sabathia continued his masterful ways. The Phillies are hoping for the same outcome in the regular season, but a different one in the playoffs. I must also give the Phillies more credit for acquiring Lee than I initially did because I was so fixated on them not getting Roy Halladay. First off, Halladay would have had a tough time out-pitching Lee. Secondly, none of the prospects the Blue Jays wanted were involved in the Cleveland deal — the Phillies could have had both! Could you imagine their rotation with Hamels, Lee, Halladay, Happ, and Blanton? My goodness.
They’re just blowing smoke, playing the game. See, the Angels’ real target is Mark Teixeira — he’s the one that really beefed up their team and rounded out their lineup. Adding Sabathia would just make the Angels pitching heavy but still leave their lineup vulnerable. Sure, he’s a nice addition for any club, but not a legitimate target for the Angels. So why all the rumors and reports floating out there? The Angels and Tony Reagins want people to think they’re interested in Sabathia because it helps them. Let’s go over the process here:
1. Boras wants monster deal (10 years) for Teixeira, needs lots of bidders
2. Angels willing to offer Tex big deal, but not 10 years
3. Boras/Teixeira waiting for better offers
4. Angels drop rumors they want Sabathia to try and make Yankees overspend
5. Yankees panic, bump up offer to Sabathia, leaving less money to offer other free agents
6. Market for Teixeira comes back to earth, he now decides between 7 year $150 million offers from Angels, Yanks, Red Sox and maybe another team
See, the whole thing is part of a plan by the Angels to help themselves out. Everyone’s just waiting around for a player to sign before everything else gets decided. And don’t forget, the Angels still have to extend John Lackey whose contract is up after this season. Expect them to pour around $90 million over five years into Lackey, just like the Cubs did with Zambrano. How could they afford to extend Lackey AND sign Sabathia without addressing their offense? They can’t, which is why they’re not signing CC.
Last year’s AL Cy Young winner, CC Sabathia, was acquired a month prior to the trading deadline by the Brewers from the Indians. Since the acquisition, Sabathia has been nothing short of brilliant, going 10-2 with Milwaukee winning 13 of the 16 games he started. Sabathia has been quite the workhorse since his acquisition, throwing three straight complete games in July, and three more in August, totaling an astounding (by today’s standards) six complete games in 16 starts. And since falling out of the wild card lead, the Brewers have decided to pitch CC on three days rest as opposed to the standard four in each of his last two starts. They have also said they wouldn’t hesitate to pitch Sabathia on Sunday (also on three days rest) if it were necessary.
While Milwaukee’s worrying about making the playoffs for the first time since 1982, the Yankees have already been eliminated from postseason contention — for the first time in 14 years. Hank Steinbrenner already stated that he expects the Yankees to win the World Series next year, and that he plans on Sabathia being one of their big free agent signings in the off-season. That’s why he’s filing a grievance with MLB, saying that the Brewers are abusing Sabathia, mere months before CC’s set to become a free agent:
I first broached this topic last year when Eric Gagne spurned the Dodgers to sign with the Rangers for a few extra million dollars. Even though he left the Dodgers and their fans high and dry — a year after taking a full season’s salary for only like an inning pitched — he decided to take out an ad in the LA Times to thank Dodger fans. It was an incredibly phony move and a slap in the face of all Dodger fans, as I aptly said in the title. Anyway, apparently P.R. reps haven’t learned — they played the same game with CC Sabathia who took out a full-page ad in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
That’s such a b.s. move and such a slap in the face. What do you really take us fans for, absolute fools? You think that an ad in a newspaper will keep us from overlooking the fact that your client left the city for more money elsewhere? If he had all the feelings he expressed in his ad, then he should have stayed. This is such the biggest backhanded compliment type of move. The front office and the town and people were great to me, but bugger off, I don’t need your contract extension, I’m going to become a free agent instead. Look, I don’t blame CC for not signing an extension and choosing to go the free agent route where he can make Barry Zito-type money, but don’t waste our time with an ad in the Cleveland paper to rub it in. It’s over and done with — just let it go. I really hope P.R. people learn their lesson that the fans don’t appreciate that type of phony thank you. Check out this brilliant comment from a perceptive fan: