He talked far more about Sabathia’s personality and character than he did his pitching.
“I think about his leadership and the strength that he has as a person and what he does for those around him,” Wedge said. “I get this question a lot and I think CC is going to be fine, I really do. He has perspective and a tremendous belief system in himself.”
Because they only appear in 33 or 34 games over the course of a season, starting pitchers are often quiet components in the clubhouse culture. But Sabathia has integrated himself fully and made a lot of friends in the game.
Performance is what counts, not personality. But in Nick Swisher and Sabathia, the Yankees have added two players who will speak their minds and are, in baseball parlance, grinders. That’s never a bad thing.