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Sabathia Will Miss Entire Postseason And Enter Alcohol Rehab


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It was announced on Monday by MLB.com that the New York Yankees will be without left handed starter CC Sabathia for the entire postseason as he will check himself into an Alcohol Rehab center.

Sabathia issued a statement through the Yankees:

“Today I am checking myself into an alcohol rehabilitation center to receive the professional care and assistance needed to treat my disease. 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. 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.”

MLB.com notes that the Yankees were not aware of Sabathia’s alcohol abuse prior to his announcement and were notified during a phone conversation with their star left hander on Sunday.

But the organization and it’s players give Sabathia their full support, as GM Brian Cashman, Alex Rodriguez and Brett Gardner share with MLB.com what he means to the team:


“What CC’s dealing with is a life issue; it’s bigger than the game that we have [Tuesday] night. And so because of that, it’s vitally important that gets put in the proper perspective and place. He needs to tag out of this situation, which is a lot of pressure, and really step back and get the professional help necessary. He’s not alone in this.”


“It’s a very courageous thing to do. We play for CC now,” Rodriguez said. “CC has gone to the mat for us many, many times. I know me, personally, a lot of us in here, we wouldn’t have a [World Series] ring if it wasn’t for CC. So now we go to the mat for him.”


“I’m very proud of him for stepping up, admitting he had a problem, and realizing it’s something that’s a whole lot more important than what we’ve got going on here,” Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said. “This is something that he obviously feels the need to deal with immediately, right away, and I definitely support him in that decision. I think we all do. And we wish him the best of luck.”

We all wish CC Sabathia luck with what he is dealing with and will face in the coming months. The hope is that he finds peace with this illness so that he and his family can grow and restore all that may have been lost.  Family comes first, then the game, and I applaud him for taking the time out now to deal with his issue before it gets out of hand.


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