Friday, May 29, 2009

CC Sabathia, A-Rod, Mariano Rivera, and other Yankees show up at Cleveland game

I haven't watched many - actually, make that any - NBA games lately. But I kind of wish I had watched last night's Cavaliers-Magic game - it sounds like something a Yankee fan would have enjoyed.

In the latest example of Yankee team-building, CC Sabathia organized a field trip for the Yankees in Cleveland. Alex Rodriguez, Mariano Rivera, Joba Chamberlain, Brett Gardner, Brett Tomko, and Brian Bruney were among the players at the game. Oh, and Carl Pavano was in the house as well - Peter Abraham reported that Pavano got cheered, while the Yanks got booed, when shown on the arena's big screen. At least it was boos, and not bugs!

Remember how LeBron James angered Cleveland by wearing a Yankee hat when the Indians and Yankees squared off in 2007? Sabathia may have switched allegiances himself, but he hasn't forgotten what James did. Bryan Hoch of MLB. com reports:

"I actually was going to send him a text and maybe buy an Orlando hat, since he wore a Yankees hat to our playoff game," Sabathia said.

But, but, CC's a Yankee now. Shouldn't he be praising LeBron for his prescience or something? Besides, this fall King James campaigned for Sabathia to be a Yankee!

TV reporter Craig Sager did a sideline interview with CC. Sager's clothing choices are, um, interesting. (He's the guy who Jonathan Papelbon sprayed champagne on during an interview last year.)

One other tidbit about the NBA. Did you know that Brett Tomko's father named the Cleveland Cavaliers, and also designed their first logo? Yankee beat writer Pete Caldera wrote about this in his Pinstripe Posts blog for the Bergen Record. Interesting coincidence!

Are you a basketball fan, or do you just watch baseball? Tell us your thoughts!

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