Thursday, September 27, 2018


No... CC Sabathia is not the Yankee Captain... but he should be. Especially after what he just did today. He just proved to me what I've known all along. CC Sabathia is the leader of this team. He is not only a gentle giant, but a dedicated teammate and one of the hardest workers we know in pinstripes.  And today, there was the roar of the Yankee captain in CC Sabathia.  He protected his teammate and did it over receiving money for a personal achievement. Why? Because it was the right thing to do. writes:

"Andrew Kittredge purposely buzzed a fastball behind the head of Yankees catcher Austin Romine in the top of the sixth in response to Sabathia accidentally hitting Tampa Bay first baseman Jake Bauers in the hand with a fifth-inning pitch. Sabathia knew that sticking up for Romine would get him ejected from one of his best starts of the season. He didn't care. 

Photo: Chris O’Meara (AP)
Because the Rays threw at the Yankees catcher, Sabathia did the same when Rays receiver Jesus Sucre led off the bottom of the sixth. Sabathia drilled Sucre in the leg, then he looked toward the Tampa Bay dugout and yelled, 'That's for you.'"

And here's the most amazing part of this story. The New York Post writes:

"...if Sabathia had worked seven frames on Thursday, he would have earned $500,000 for reaching 155 innings."

That never happened. CC was ejected. Pete Caldera just tweeted this:

Love it.

There is something truly old school and unique about this situation.  Sabathia is a throwback, to when integrity, character and passion for this game mattered.  It wasn't about the money... it was about the passion.

CC? As far as I'm concerned, you can play for the New York Yankees until you 75 years old. I'll still be rooting for you pal.

Think year to year contracts... Love this guy.

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