CC checking out schools; Coke checking out NJ

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While Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez have long been the darlings of Manhattan, a sizable number of Yankees live in New Jersey. Northern Jersey, in particular, is a short jaunt away from Yankee Stadium, and players find bigger homes in the suburbs than in the city.

To that end, two recent stories about the Yankees and their lifestyles caught my eye. We can learn a lot from them, and perhaps, we can learn nothing from them as well. First up is a Jack Curry Bats post on CC Sabathia’s settling in.

According to The Times scribe and New Jersey resident, Sabathia was chatting him up for info on New Jersey high schools, and Curry takes that as a sign that CC may stick around the Bronx beyond the three-year opt-out currently written into his contract. Ponders Curry:

As I was talking to Sabathia a few days ago about why he decided to live in Bergen County, N.J., he asked some questions that indicated he plans to be with the Yankees for the long haul. Carsten Charles III, C.C.’s son, turns 6 in September, but C.C. quizzed me about which county high schools have the best athletic programs. Little C.C. is only in kindergarten, but his father was already thinking about possible high schools.

If Sabathia was planning to bolt the Yankees in three seasons, would he even be aware of Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, N.J.? Probably not, but Sabathia cited the school’s sports pedigree. Sabathia had done some homework, too, because Don Bosco’s baseball team was undefeated last year. Sabathia will earn $23 million a season from 2012 to 2015 if he does not opt out, which is another reason for him to become an expert on the New Jersey school system.

Curry acknowledges that this discussion could mean nothing, and I’m inclined to avoid reading much into it. Sabathia, after all, isn’t going to be playing now with an eye toward escaping from New York in three years. He is the type of player who will pour his heart and soul into pitching now and doing the best he can do now.

A lot can change over the course of three years. The economy, the baseball landscape, the needs of other teams and pitcher’s physical health are all factors that will come into play in 2011 when the opt-out comes due. For now, though, I’m sure we’ll scan CC’s every word for a sign of his intentions, but until he waives that clause, everything remains on the table.

In other Yankee residential news, the Daily News reports that Phil Coke is renting in Edgewater. Coke took out a six-month lease on an apartment at The Peninsula. While CC’s musings mean little, Coke seems to be confident that he will be sticking around the Bronx these days. Rumor has it that Kevin Cash and Brett Tomko are eying the Peninsula as well. If I were those two, I wouldn’t sign anything longer than a one-month sublet right now.

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  • Jake H

    I think that C.C will stay with the Yanks for the whole contract. I know I’m probably in the minority who think that but I do.

    • Yankeegirl49

      Count me in with that minority.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Nothing like winning a couple of rings to keep the big man warm on the idea of finishing the career in pinstripes and becoming a Bronx legend…

        • Yankeegirl49

          I was thinking more along the line of “nothing like 23 million dollars”.

          • Bo

            The money means more than anything.

  • jsbrendog

    cash shouldnt be doing anything. at least tomko might have a shot at needing a place to live.

  • A.D.

    CC Shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a powerhouse for his son to play at.

    • andrew

      Well, unless his son happens to be like the 99.9% of the population that can’t hit 80 mph on a radar gun.

      • A.D.

        My guess is he could still get his son on a bigger name NJ team, but if that is the case, then likely neither CC nor his Son will want to be at a powerhouse, and thus this would be a non issue.

  • Matt ACTY/BBD

    My sister’s room is empty if any Yankees need a room.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Is your sister hot?

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Notable Don Bosco Prep alumni:

    * Marc “Moose” Malusis – WFAN sports radio personality.[citation needed]
    * Jason Patric (born Jason Patric Miller, 1966-), Actor, The Lost Boys, Sleepers
    * C. J. Nitkowski (born 1973), MLB pitcher.[15]
    * Ryan Grant (born 1982), Running Back, Notre Dame ; New Jersey player of the year for 2000 by USA Today, Green Bay Packers.[16]
    * Matt Simms, Quarterback, University of Louisville, son of former New York Giants’ quarterback Phil Simms.[17]
    * Brian Toal, Linebacker/Running Back, Boston College; 2004 Big East Rookie of the Year; 2003 Gatorade Player of the Year.[18]
    * Mike Teel (born 1986), starting quarterback, Rutgers University, Seattle Seahawks.[19]

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I had a scholarship to Don Bosco before moving down to Miami for high school. I wondered how my life would have turned out if I went to high school with C. J. Nitkowski instead of Mike Lowell (which I did.)

      • Bo

        you probably would have made the show since CJ could have got you real good juice.

    • Matt M.

      so it’s not too late to sell CC on Bergen Catholic??

      * Carl Barisich (born 1951), former defensive tackle for nine seasons between 1973 and 1981 for four different NFL teams.[10]
      * Jim Burt, Jr. (born 1981), Brooklyn Cyclones 1st Baseman; son of former New York Giant Jim Burt.[11]
      * Brian Cushing (born 1987), Houston Texans linebacker.
      * Mark DeRosa (born 1975), Cleveland Indians 3rd Baseman.[12]
      * Alecko Eskandarian (born 1982), MLS First Pick in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft.[13]
      * Jim Finn (born 1976), former New York Giants Fullback[14]
      * Ray Hopkins, YES Network Chief Operating Officer.[15][citation needed]
      * Wil Horneff (born 1979), actor, The Sandlot, Born to Be Wild, The Shining
      * Bill Madden, Sports Columnist in the New York Daily News
      * Jim McGovern (born 1965), professional golfer.[18]
      * Bob Papa (born 1964), New York Giants Play-by-play sportscaster.[22]
      * Rich Scanlon (born 1980), Current New York Giants Linebacker.[23]

  • Dan

    I’m pretty sure Phil Hughes said in an interview he was renting an apartment there too. This is so stalkery and creepy!

    • Benjamin Kabak

      I know that Robbie and Melky were living in New Jersey a few seasons ago. I’m not sure where though.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        In some Dominican section, no doubt, with their dago mustaches and their greasy hair.

        • JGS

          look, what did I just say about racial slurs?

  • A.D.

    If they want to crash on my couch in exchange for tickets…something could be worked out.

  • Brendo

    Getting an early jump on the “opt out CC” stories, huh?

  • Whitey14

    You do all realize that it has nothing to do with the opt out clause right? CC’s kid would only need to worry about his high school days being spent in Jersey if his Dad signs another contract with the Yankees, or an extension of the current one.

  • LiveFromNewYork

    CC lives where all the celebs in North Jersey live–in Alpine. They could start doing tours in that town.