The press conference was attended by Hal Steinbrenner, Jessica Steinbrenner Swindal and Felix Lopez. Hank Steinbrenner was a no-show.
CC said his infamous opt-out clause was Brian Cashman’s idea to make him comfortable. But he plans on being in New York for the duration of his deal. He and his wife said they plan to sell their home in California and relocate full-time to New Jersey. Amber Sabathia said that Johnny and Michelle Damon were instrumental in the recruiting process.
So much for preconceived notions.
CC took No. 52 from Dave Eiland, who was there to see his new pitchers.
As they usually do at large press conferences, the newspaper reporters and television types were divided up and interviewed each player individually along with Joe Girardi, Brian Cashman and other there. The newspaper crew didn’t get their time with CC until close to 3 p.m.
But according to Sam, CC was all smiles, very jovial and seemed to enjoy everything. In speaking to reporters who have covered him in Cleveland and Milwaukee, Sabathia is not going to have any trouble fitting in or handling New York.
Sam is going to send me some more info later on once he has a chance to go through his notes.