Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is heading to rehab – not for injury, but for alcoholism – and will miss the entire MLB postseason.
CC Sabathia: A Storied Career
CC Sabathia was drafted in 1998 as a first-round pick for MLB’s Cleveland Indians, where he played as their lefty ace for nearly 10 years. He saw great success during his tenure in Cleveland, culminating with earning the American League Cy Young award in 2007. In 2008, unable to pay for a high net-worth contract the lefty would deserve, Cleveland traded Sabathia to the Milwaukee Brewers. He led his team to the playoffs that season.
In 2009, CC was signed to a long-term deal with the New York Yankees. Where CC Sabathia and his teammates played their way to the World Series, winning it all that October.
CC’s 2015 season
Though he has aged since his glory days in Cleveland. CC Sabathia is still quite a force to be reckoned with on the mound. In June 2015, Sabathia recorded his 2,500th career strikeout. And in his last five starts this season, he posted a 2.17 ERA, helping the Yankees clinch a spot in the playoffs after a two-year postseason absence.
Sabathia won’t be joining his teammates in their postseason quest this year, however.
CC Sabathia gets help
In a statement released today, CC Sabathia is going to rehab for alcoholism. He admitted that he not only had a problem, but that he needed professional help for it.
“Today I am checking myself into an alcohol rehabilitation center to receive the professional care and assistance needed to treat my disease,” he said. He also acknowledged that this decision meant his teammates would have to continue into the postseason without him, while he battled his alcoholism.
“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. 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.”
In conclusion, no matter what team you might be a fan of, CC Sabathia’s recovery is worth rooting for. If you have a problem with alcohol, or are looking for help to get professional care for a loved one.
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