April 16, Yankee Stadium…
How about a matchup of 2007 Cy Young winner CC Sabathia against his former club and 2008 Cy Young winner Cliff Lee in the opener of the Yanks’ $1.6 billion ballpark in the Bronx?
Looking at the schedule, and factoring in each guy going on his usual four days’ rest, it’s not only conceivable but extremely likely, now that Sabathia appears to have gone to the Dark Side.
And to that point, I’ll be interested to see how Indians fans react to the news on CC. On the one hand, you simply can’t blame the guy for taking an unprecedented offer to a pitcher.
On the other hand… it’s the Yankees (shudder).
One last note: About a year ago, the Indians offered CC a four-year extension worth about $18 million a year. If the reports are true, Sabathia willl receive a seven-year deal worth $22.9 million a year. Any lingering doubt over whether the Indians did the right thing by trading him?