OAKLAND -- The Yankees might have been off Monday, but it was a home game under the lights for CC Sabathia.
The left-handed ace fired a ceremonial pitch for the first North Vallejo Little League night game played at refurbished Thurmon Field, where Sabathia learned to play ball. Sabathia underwrote the rebuilding of the diamond earlier this year.
"It certainly was a change of pace for me to be able to take in a night game in the middle of the Major League Baseball season and not have to be in uniform," Sabathia said.
The efforts to revitalize the field culminated in late January with the opening of a new field that includes new irrigation; new infield dirt; new bases, pitching rubber and home plate; new dugouts; a black vinyl coated chain-link fence and 37,000 square feet of new sod.
"I think it's really important," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Our players have done a wonderful job in the community and helping out. I love what CC does. He's a very giving guy."