On Oct. 6, the Yankees will take on the Astros in the first playoff game of the season for the wild-card — but they’ll be without their star pitcher, CC Sabathia.
“Today I am checking myself into an alcohol rehabilitation center to receive the professional care and assistance needed to treat my disease,” CC Sabathia, 33, the left-handed pitcher for the New York Yankees said in a statement on Oct. 5. Read his full, emotional statement below.
“I love baseball and I love my teammates like brothers, and I am also fully aware that I am leaving at a time when we should all be coming together for one last push toward the World Series,” CC said. “It hurts me deeply to do this now, but I owe it to myself and to my family to get myself right. I want to take control of my disease, and I want to be a better man, father and player. I want to thank the New York Yankees organization for their encouragement and understanding. Their support gives me great strength and has allowed me to move forward with this decision with a clear mind.”
The left-handed pitcher made headlines in August when leaving a club in Toronto when a fight broke out. There, he reportedly had to be held back by police!
CC Sabathia: I Want To Be A Role Model For My Kids
“As difficult as this decision is to share publicly, I don’t want to run and hide. But for now please respect my family’s need for privacy as we work through this challenge together,” CC continued in a statement. “Being an adult means being accountable. Being a baseball player means that others look up to you. I want my kids — and others who may have become fans of mine over the years — to know that I am not too big of a man to ask for help. I want to hold my head up high, have a full heart and be the type of person again that I can be proud of. And that’s exactly what I am going to do. I am looking forward to being out on the field with my team next season playing the game that brings me so much happiness.”
As sad as we are to hear that he’ll be out for post-season, we have to say we give CC a ton of credit for checking himself into rehab and getting healthy for his wife and four children.
— Emily Longeretta