The Brewers lost their second game in a row to the New York Yankees tonight and are facing a sweep tomorrow afternoon at Yankee Stadium. We knew this series would be tough, but we didn't think they were going to be swept. At least we hoped not. Of course the Brewers can avoid that tomorrow by winning, but it won't be easy. The Brewers send Randy Wolf to the mound and while he's been very good this season I can't imagine the Yankees aren't licking their lips like Mo Vaughn at an all-you-can-eat wing buffet in anticipation of facing him. To make matters worse the Yankees are sending their ace to the mound, CC Sabathia. Yes, that CC Sabathia.
I should preface what I am about to write by noting that I really like CC Sabathia. I've always been a fan of his. He's like Doc Gooden and Willie "Da Bomb" Richardson wrapped together in a tortilla, topped with cheese and buffalo sauce, sprinkled with Jesus. In other words, he's awesome. (Coincidentally, that's what CC Sabathia had for dinner tonight.) He defies everything we think we know about pitch counts and healthy playing weights. I could see him pitching forever and breaking all of Cy Young's records along the way. He's the only Yankee I've ever liked. I love CC Sabathia.
Despite all of that, I want the Brewers to destroy him. I want them to hit ten homeruns in the first inning and ruin his ERA. I want the cover of New York dailies to read "IS CC DONE?" and "Sa-BAD-ia". I want the press to be like "What happened CC?" and for CC to be like "I don't know. That team is amazing. I can't beat them." I want the Brewers to win and CC to lose in the most humiliating fashion of all time. I want it so bad.
When CC Sabathia turned down the Brewers offer and signed his monster contract with the Yankees I didn't blame him. Anyone that complains about baseball players leaving for the money is sad. It's always about the money and if someone offers you more money to do the same job you are already doing you do it. EVERY TIME. I would start writing for the Pumphouse Brewery Brewers Blog if they offered me more money. It's just how life works. So I don't hate him for leaving Milwaukee. I love him for everything he did in his very short time here. His run with the Brewers was the most amazing pitching performance I've ever seen. As I said before, I love him and leaving was the smart thing to do.
But that doesn't make it the right thing to do. I mean, there's a reason that the Yankees are called the Evil Empire.
They built a Deathstar to destroy smaller planets. They have more money than everyone else and they use that to their advantage. They are evil. CC Sabathia could have been a legend in Milwaukee, but instead he chose to go to New York and be "just another good pitcher" in a long line of them because they paid him more. He could have run this state, but instead he chose to make more money. I want to reiterate that taking more money was the move that he had to make, but that doesn't mean that he has to be right about it. The Yankees dominating the Brewers says that he was, but the Brewers knocking CC Sabathia around shows him "Hey, you would have been better off here and you would definitely be having more fun right now."
Look, I know that the Yankees will definitely win more games than the Brewers over the length of CC's contract and they will definitely make the playoffs more times than them too. These things are a given. I don't like it and it's nowhere near fair, but it's the way it is. I can accept these things. What I can't accept is that their way of doing things is the right way because it's not. Doug Melvin built a damn good team this year and he built it the right way. Now let's destroy CC to prove it.