When asked if the Bombers had made it to the Fall Classic in 2017 and won, the 37-year-old said that would have been the end. “That’s what you play for,” Sabathia told King. “But you got to get it first.’’
Having been an integral part of the 2009 championship club, the big lefty knows the feeling of hoisting the trophy and wants to experience it one more time.
“You always want that feeling. It feels like 20 seasons ago,” Sabathia said of the ’09 season. “That’s all you play for.
“That’s the only thing you think of after you win the first one, you think about the next one,” Sabathia said. “Everyone around here is itching for the next one.”
If the Yankees do make their 41st trip to the World Series, Sabathia will once again be vital. Although right hip issues landed him on the 10-day DL after just two starts, he has been lights out since coming back. The 18 year vet is 2-0 with a 1.39 ERA, 23 K’s and just five walks in 32.1 innings thus far this season.
So far in his 10 years in pinstripes, Sabathia is 122-73 with a 3.70 ERA. His 239 career wins is 55th all-time and 15th amongst lefties.