Yankees star pitcher CC Sabathia will forego the playoffs and check himself into an alcohol rehabilitation center. The 6’7″, 300-pound ace released a statement that measures the his health and the well-being of his family against the Yankees World Series aspirations — and declares treatment for his alcoholism to be the priority over baseball.
“It hurts me deeply to do this now, but I owe it to myself and my family to get myself right,” the statement reveals. “I love baseball and I love my teammates like brothers,” Sabathia writes. Sabathia thanked the Yankees organization for its support. “Being an adult means being respobsible,” Sabathia wrote, citing his desire to be a ‘better man, father and player.” Sabathia hopes that by admitting his problem and declaring it publicly he might set an example for others facing a similar struggle. Sabathia is a six-time All-Star. He’s won a World Series and a Cy Young Award.
Instead of questioning the timing of Sabathia’s decision, consider how much pain he must be in to make such a decision at this time. #NYY
— Matt Yallof (@MattYallofMLB) October 5, 2015