Big Apple, big arms, big stakes
Sabathia, Lee could potentially face off on new Cathedral's maiden night
LAS VEGAS -- If you were already excited about the April 16 opening of the Yankees' new $1.6 billion ballpark in the Bronx, here's an added scenario to give you some Yankee Stadium yearning.Imagine the Yanks' $161 million man, CC Sabathia, throwing the first pitch in the new Cathedral at 161st Street (the numbers certainly line up). Now imagine the Indians' Cliff Lee, who followed up Sabathia's 2007 American League Cy Young Award in Cleveland with a Cy Young of his own last season, taking the ball in the bottom of the first. "That would just be epic," Indians reliever Jensen Lewis said. "If that truly works out, that would just be so special for all of us involved. There would be so much emotion in that game, it would almost feel surreal." It's not an entirely implausible scenario. Barring injury (and don't even bring up that topic to the Yankees, given their unprecedented investment in a starting pitcher) and assuming New York wants to kick off the season with Sabathia, the two left-handers could potentially start in their respective April 6 season openers. Following along, the Yankees' home opener April 16 would be mark both clubs' 10th game of the 2009 season. So if Sabathia and Lee are both kept on four days' rest at the outset of the year -- and assuming they both start their respective season openers -- they would be in line to face off April 16. Of course, as is the case with most things in life, there is a catch.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.