The man who came through in the clutch last Thursday night (Oct. 1), and got the Yankees into the Wild-Card Playoffs is apparently checking himself into an alcohol rehab(ilitation) center today! Yankees’ C.C. Sabathia (6-10, 4.73ERA) made the announcement at 1pm today! His timing couldn’t be any worse as the Yankees prepare for a wild-card Playoff on Tuesday night in the Bronx, but hey you gotta do what you gotta do! I think it serves as an inspiration to athletes alike who go through the same struggle (secretly) and more importantly to his kids and families to have the courage to go public. Check out his statement below…
On a good note, C.C., 35, is planning on returning next season, as his contract goes through 2017. In his last five starts after a surgically repaired right knee, C.C. went (2-1, 2.17ERA) including his Playoff clinching win against the arch-rival Boston Red Sox last Thursday!
Statement: “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.
“As difficult as this decision is to share publicly, 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, 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.”
*statement and info courtesy abcny*