The New York Yankees are getting ready to play their one-game Wild Card playoff against the Houston Astros this evening, but starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia will not be with the team. He decided to enter rehab to help him deal with an alcohol problem and he took to his personal Instagram account to explain the decision with a simple picture.
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Be Back Soon….. 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, I want to be a better man, father and player. Today I am checking myself into alcohol and rehabilitation center to receive the professional care and assistance needed to treat my disease. I want to thank the my coaches and teammates for their encouragement and understanding. Their faith in me gives me great strength and has allowed me to move forward with this decision with a clear mind. As difficult as this decision is to share, 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. 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 and 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. – CC
That explanation was more than enough to help explain why he made the decision that he did. It helps fans respect the decision that he made as well, despite the timing of the move. Taking care of this issue could be exactly what the Yankees’ former star needs to do in order to get things back on track.
During the 2015 season with the Yankees, Sabathia compiled a 6-10 record to go along with a 4.73 ERA and 2.74 K/BB ratio. Those numbers were very disappointing and it was clear that something was bothering him for the majority of the season.
Obviously there is a chance that age is just catching up with him at 35 years old, but alcohol issues could be a part of the issue as well.
It will be interesting to see how he does throughout this entire rehab process and what kind of player he is next season. Hopefully he is able to figure the issues out and get back on the right track. Alcohol has ruined quite a few careers in the past, but it’s good to see Sabathia getting help for his problem before it overtakes him.
Expect to see the Yankees’ star improve next season after taking care of these issues and the fans and rest of baseball must support him as he looks to better his life away from the game.
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