In and around the city of Cleveland, there's a great deal of consternation regarding the fanhood of one LeBron James. He is, as has been noted in the past, a "huge" Yankees "fan". Okay, he's actually definitely a pinstripper, but most people (myself included) are a little distraught over the bandwagony nature of his pulling for the Yankees.
The Yankees have formulated a proposal to Sabathia that would exceed Johan Santana's $137.5 million, six-year contract with the New York Mets both in total and average.
Asked before Cleveland's game against Utah on Saturday night if he thought the Yankees would win the Sabathia sweepstakes, James smiled and said, "We're gonna get him. Absolutely."
Now, to me, it's particularly interesting because CC is essentially facing a similar situation to what Bron will deal with in the future, i.e. TONS of money to go play in New York, or a little less money to kick it in the midwest.
Obviously, CC's not on the same level as James, and he has much less at stake, personally, with his previous team (Milwaukee) than Bron does with the Cavaliers. But that doesn't make the Big Apple any less enticing.
You also have to wonder, if LeBron is saying these things, whether or not he's made any calls in CC's direction, requesting his presence in New York. It might be a stretch, but if he's making himself inherently more invested in the state of things in NYC, well, I can't possibly consider that good news for anyone in and around Cleveland.
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