CC Sabathia didn’t want to ask. Finally, when he worked out the courage to do it, the answer was yes, and it couldn’t have gone better.
“This is something that I wanted to do for a long time, just didn’t work up the nerve to ask the Yankees to use the stadium,” Sabathia said.
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Eventually, his wife, Amber Sabathia, connected with good friend Jennifer Steinbrenner, Yankees vice chairperson, and the two made it happen.
“It’s a great thing,” he said. “Obviously, being able to come here to Yankee Stadium and have a charity event, but to raise that much money, it will be a huge thing for us and our foundation, we’ll be able to go out and renovate fields and do all the things that we love to do.”
“This is something that I wanted to do for a long time, just didn’t work up the nerve to ask the Yankees to use the stadium. But Amber and Jennie Steinbrenner have a really good relationship so I’ll let her make that ask.”
Sabathia’s foundation raises money for inner city youth initiatives.
“I knew that if we could get the stadium, that people would want to come here and play,” Sabathia said. “I thought that would be a big selling point, to come to play to Yankee Stadium and play a softball game.”
Before the game, there was a moment of silence for Lesandro “Feliz” Guzman-Feliz, a 15-year-old Bronx native who was murdered by five men in a gang attack last week. Participants wore “LGF” patches on their jerseys.