This isn’t the ending anyone wanted for CC Sabathia.
The New York Yankees left-hander pitched until his body said no more during Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.
Sabathia, 39, was removed after facing four batters in relief during the eighth inning of the Yankees 8-3 loss to the Houston Astros. After his 20th pitch, manager Aaron Boone and the Yankees athletic trainer came out to check on Sabathia. He fired one warm up pitch and walked off after suffering what the team confirmed to be a shoulder injury.
Manager Aaron Boone described the situation as “not good” during his postgame press conference.
Sabathia announced this would be his final season during spring training, meaning Thursday’s game will almost certainly be the final one of his storied MLB career.
The active leader in wins, innings, games started, batters faced and strikeouts was given an emotional-filled send-off from the crowd at Yankee Stadium.
The respected veteran was also shown support from the baseball community, which included former teammate Alex Rodriguez.
Baseball world shows support for CC
"The @Yankees would not have their 27th World Series Championship without him... He was a tough competitor, but also a better leader."— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 18, 2019
Our crew sends their thoughts and best wishes to CC Sabathia.@AROD | @DavidOrtiz | @TheBigHurt_35 pic.twitter.com/fOELVtAs2c
Best teammate I ever had. Gave everything for his first pitch to his last. Thank you CC— Phil Hughes (@PJHughes45) October 18, 2019
The Joneses love you @CC_Sabathia you literally gave you’re body to this great game!!!!!!— 10 (@SimplyAJ10) October 18, 2019
CC a true warrior. Sad to watch him go out like that. One of the greatest ever!— Ricky Romero (@Ricky_Ro24) October 18, 2019
If that’s the last pitch we see you throw in a big league game @CC_Sabathia thank you for all the years and memories. From the dominance with the @Indians to the run with @Brewers to the leadership with the @Yankees...cheers to you. One of the best to ever do it.— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) October 18, 2019
The respect @CC_Sabathia has from everyone is pretty special. Well earned.— Daniel Vogelbach (@DanielVogelbach) October 18, 2019
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