One of baseball’s many unwritten rules is that you’re not supposed to talk to the starting pitcher before the game. The reasoning, I suppose, is that the starter has such a monumental task ahead of him that he needs his full powers of concentration.
Then you have CC Sabathia.
At 5 p.m. today, he was on a couch in the clubhouse playing old-school Nintendo RBI Baseball against Brian Bruney. It was a rematch of the 1986 World Series with CC as the Red Sox and Bruney as the Mets.
Sabathia crushed Bruney, using video Roger Clemens to hum fastballs by Wally Backman, Darryl Strawberry and Keith Hernandez. Meanwhile Brett Gardner, Robbie Cano and other players were offering commentary on the game.
Then Sabathia went out and threw seven solid innings against the Indians. That’s no coincidence, said Joe Girardi.
“I think that’s a good personality to have. That means he’s relaxed and he’s not over-thinking when he goes out there. He’s not putting a lot of pressure on himself,” Girardi said. “He’s the same guy every day and I think that’s why guys love him so much. He’s such a great teammate.”
Here’s CC’s postgame interview:
Here’s Jorge Posada, too:
If you listen closely in the background, you can hear Derek Jeter being an agitator. As Posada talks to reporters, Jeter is ready to leave and he yells out at one point, “Hey, Larry King, let’s go!”
Them Yankees are in a good mood. Girardi said the team is playing the best they’ve played since he became manager. Posada said it’s the best since 2006. It’s hard to disagree when you look at pitching, offense and defense.