CC Sabathia is probably the most respected Yankee inside the clubhouse among his teammates, and he’s also perhaps one of the most respected players around the league.
The 18-year veteran grabbed headlines on Thursday when he drilled Rays catcher, Jesus Sucre, in retaliation after Andrew Kittredge threw up and in to Austin Romine. Sabathia was ejected in the sixth inning, and ultimately cost himself a $500,000 innings pitched incentive bonus.
On Friday, Astros third baseman, Alex Bregman, praised Sabathia for having his teammate’s back, no matter the situation:
@CC_Sabathia Mad respect. Would play with you any day.
Thursday could have been Sabathia’s final start with the Yankees, since a victory in the AL Wild Card game is far from guaranteed. Although he’s had a nice season, the Yankees may very well let Sabathia walk this offseason as they try to bolster their rotation.
If that was, indeed, Sabathia’s final pitch as a Yankee, it exemplifies what he’s been about his entire career, especially in New York.