He wrote a piece on a holiday party thrown by the Somerset Patriots that featured appearances by Reggie Jackson and Willie Randolph. Much of the talk was about the Yankees landing CC Sabathia.
Ryan talked to Mr. October at length about the recruiting process and couldn’t get all the comments into his story. He was nice enough to send them along to me to use on the blog. Reggie, as you know, accompanied Cashman to the team’s first meeting with Sabathia.
Here’s what Reggie offered:
“I went with Brian (Cashman). Brian did a wonderful job. I was just talking to CC about what the city offers, and really what the team offers, the Steinbrenners. They take the money that they earn and put it back into the team. They don’t make money with the team. They make money with the brand and, of course, the value of the team, but they put the money back into the team. I admire that. Certainly the money that the team paid him, that the Steinbrenners paid him, made a significant difference in helping change his mind to become a Yankee.
“We need pitching. He’s going to make a significant change to that. I think it changes the attitude from the people on our staff, inside our ball club and organization. It’s a significant help there. I think our fan base and the people that support the team understand that they’re trying to do the right thing, so I certainly think that it’s worth its value.”
As for me, I’m staying in Vegas until Saturday afternoon to try and have a little fun. I’ll update the blog as needed on Friday but I do hope to unwind a little bit after a busy week. In other words, tomorrow is probably not going to be a 16-post day.
Thanks for reading today and all week. The response and participation has been tremendous.