Friday, March 6, 2009

Time to Open the Cage: CC Sabathia Finally Unleashed Tonight

This is what we have all been waiting for. The culmination of months of courting and offerings of blank checks.

CC Sabathia's long awaited Yankee journey begins tonight against the Detroit Tigers on a mound in Tampa Bay.

It will provide a tiny appetizer for fans, teammates, and rivals to sample in a season to be filled with all-you-can-eat buffets.

With the uncertainties surrounding the Yankee lineup, even more weight has been placed on Sabathia's broad shoulders.

Becoming the highest paid pitcher in baseball history is no longer the focus. He is a Yankee now.

The Bronx is a place where money is no object, and where there is no forgiveness for underperformance.

He has been paid to do a job, and that job’s mission statement includes just three words: World Series Championship. Nothing matters more to the Yankees, and nothing ever will.

Millions of eyes will be glued to live box scores, dissecting Sabathia’s outing pitch by pitch. Every inning of his spring training will seem like its own separate interrogation.

Sabathia needs only to win to capture the Bronx’s heart. If he does, his personality and warrior mentality are more than enough to make him an instantaneous fan favorite.

I wish him the best of luck in his debut tonight. Never has a meaningless game meant so much to so many.

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