Friday, September 15, 2017


Stop me if you've heard this one...

So Casey and O'Hara walk into a bar.  The bartender says, "What can I get ya?"  Casey quickly replies, "A big, future Hall of Famer, lefty on a one year deal pitcher."  The bartender looks puzzled, grabs a plastic pitcher and asks, "Is that an IPA?"

Yes, not a good joke... not even a joke really.  Hey, what do you want from me? I gave it a shot.

(Sept. 10, 2017 - Source: Steven Ryan/Getty Images North America)
In all seriousness though, I did have a few pints with Casey recently and mentioned that I believed CC Sabathia had more than earned a one year contract with the Yankees.  The big lefty is really starting to develop into a crafty pitcher.  He, like Andy and Coney, has found new life in the twilight of his standout career.  

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CC can find the 93 heater at times, but really knows how to change speeds, pitch to the spots and keep hitters off balance.  He is a perfect fit to be the Bombers' 5th starter in the 2018 season.  And now, there are reports that it may happen, read HERE.

Now there are those who will want to turnover the old roster and it's awful contracts completely and focus on the future.  But with Sabathia, you can get a guy who can take the ball every 5th day, mentor the younger arms, the way Andy did before him, and it won't break the bank to bring him back.  

CC has been a great Yankee.  He gets it.  The Yankee Way is his way.  He takes the Pinstripes and the tradition they bring very personally.  CC is a leader.  The young stars of tomorrow NEED a leader today. 

Casey agreed.  We believe that the best teams have a solid balance of youth and energy coupled with veterans that know how to focus the group and show them the ropes.

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On a personal note, we both just really like Sabathia.  No, that's not a reason to sign him...hell, I liked Luis Sojo...but CC brings a lot to the table.  He earned this contract.  At bare minimum he earned an offer from the Yankee brass.  A fair offer.  Not the Randy & Lon "Take it or take the bus" nonsense.

If Sabathia decides to walk away from the Bronx to end his run out west, I won't blame him...but I'll miss him...we all will.

Trust me & Casey on this one.

** From one classic BIG MAN to another. Thank you, CC. **

  --Mike O'Hara
BYB Contributor
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