April 17, 2008
For Immediate Release
This past off-season, like many Indians fans, we the members of the Let’s Go Tribe web site discussed at enormous length the possibility of C.C. Sabathia signing a contract extension with the Cleveland Indians. At this time, we have not been able to reach agreement. Now that the season has started and it is clear that Sabathia has about as much control of his fastball as Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn, it is time to put aside discussions over Sabathia’s contract so that we may focus all of our energies and attention on baseball, i.e., getting our hearts yanked out of our chests and stomped on, as we Cleveland fans have endured repeatedly for the past 60 years.
And, we'll just add, it might not be the worst idea for the Indians organization to put aside those discussions, too. You know, just in case a certain someone's agent comes whimpering at their door, wondering if that $70 million opening offer is still on the table.
We look forward to a successful 2008 season, both for our own enjoyment and for the Indians as a whole. We will do everything within our power as fans to help the club to its first World Series appearance since 1997 and its first World Series Championship since 1948, i.e., going to some games, watching on TV, drinking a lot of beer, mocking the Tigers and White Sox, and, when the occasion calls for it, swearing like sailors on an X-and-meth bender, throwing said beers through said TV's, etc.
There will be time after the season for us as Indians fans to discuss C.C. Sabathia’s contract status. We remain hopeful that these discussions will result in a contract extension that will keep him with the franchise for many years to come, but only if he regains the ability to pick home plate out of a group of similar objects and shapes. In the meantime, in order to avoid any distractions, as members of Let's Go Tribe and the broader community of Indians fans, we will not make any further comment about Sabathia’s contractual situation beyond this statement.
P.S. Weight clause.