Hoop dreams for the Yankees
What would you do with a day off? Joba Chamberlain said he plans to get some sleep, and lots of it. Dave Robertson wanted to know if there are any good fishing spots in the greater Cleveland area. And CC Sabathia might just have to fend off a bunch of newfound best friends.
Having played in Cleveland has its perks, as Sabathia was able to purchase two suites to Thursday’s Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena between the Cavaliers and the Magic.
It’s an interesting series for Sabathia, an avid NBA fan who counts LeBron James among his pals but gathered his Yankees teammates to travel up to Orlando during Spring Training for Magic games and really roots hardest for the Golden State Warriors.
But Sabathia said that James’ wardrobe selection from the 2007 American League Division Series hasn’t been forgotten, when the hoops star showed up at Progressive Field wearing – of all things – a Yankees cap to watch Sabathia and the Indians.
“I actually was going to send him a text,” Sabathia said. “Maybe I’ll buy an Orlando hat since he wore a Yankees hat to our playoff game.”
The series also has one other Yankees connection. Brett Tomko’s father, Jerry, actually came up with the Cavaliers nickname in 1970 as part of a promotion in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, winning two season tickets and an autographed basketball.
Jerry Tomko’s winning entry read, in part, “The name Cleveland Cavaliers
represents a group of daring, fearless men whose life’s pact was never
surrender, no matter what the odds.”