Steve Garrison is the low man in the Yankees clubhouse. He’s the new guy, the lefty at the back of the bullpen with two-thirds of a big league inning to his name. He was a spectator last night.
While I was waiting for Francisco Cervelli to talk about CC Sabathia’s near perfect game last night, I randomly decided to make a quick stop at Garrison’s locker to ask about the greatest pitching performance he’d ever seen. This is what he said.
“It’s unbelievable. I went over to him, and I was like, ‘CC, that was awesome. That was very impressive.’ That’s exactly what I said. To watch him dominate like he does every single start, it’s amazing. Someone that good, it’s awesome to watch. I can try to pitch like that, but he’s just in whole different league. He’s in a whole different class. You have your average MLB players. Then you have superstars. Then you have CC.
“Things like that, it’s almost like, that’s why you play the game because you want to reach that level. Someone like me will always, always strive for it, but guys like that, I’ll never be able to get that. And I’m no even ashamed to say it. It’s really that impressive. Just to be in the same locker room as him is really an honor.”
Good stuff from the guy tucked away in the corner of the room.
While we wait for today’s lineup, here are a few other facts about last night’s Sabathia start:
• Nineteen batters was the longest Sabathia had ever carried a perfect game. His previous high was 17 set in 2005.
• Fourteen strikeouts was the most for a Yankees starter since David Cone struck out 14 on June 7, 1998. It was the most by a Yankees lefty since David Wells struck out 16 on July 30, 1997.
• According to Elias, it was the first time the outright Major League leader in wins started against a team with a losing streak of 15 or more games.
• Also from Elias: Sabathia is the first Yankee to ever become the first Major League pitcher to 15 wins in two different seasons.