CC Sabathia ends career with injury in loss of Yankees against Astros in ALCS Game 3 - Mash Viral
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Consider the active scoreboards with CC Sabathia: wins (251), losses (161), started games (560), complete games (38), hits (3,404), thrown innings (3,577 1/3), earned runs (382), home runs (382), walk (1,099), strikeouts (3,093), batters facing themselves (14,989). It is clearly a record of clear and dramatic success. But it is also a record of sustainability, of sustainability, of the fundamental dignity of honest work. After 19 seasons, the Sabathia figures will finally stop climbing. And the way he went out is proof of exactly that theme & # 39; s.
The appearance of Sabathia in Game 4 of the ALCS was set up as both significant and not. It was the top of the eighth; two runners were on and none were off. This was possibly his last time on the hill at Yankees Stadium, and it was a & # 39; postseason & # 39; competition and it was a jam that someone needed to find a way out. But the Yankees were down, 6-3, and the game so far was a mess of errors of various sizes. Glorious exit, this was not it. Sabathia was only there to ensure that a bad situation did not get worse and perhaps to say goodbye to fans.
But the situation got worse (another mistake; a runner scored; a hit) and then much worse. Sabathia threw an 1-1 ball to George Springer, just inside, and that was it. The Yankees trainers came to the hill. His shoulder had given up. This was the end.
It was visceral and inescapably brutal. Here was Sabathia, a pitcher whose place in modern baseball was statistically and culturally unrivaled and last walked out of the field, not on his own terms but on the basis of his anatomy, forced out in the middle of a at bat. There was no surprise in the basis of all this: Sabathia had announced his intention to retire after this season and he already had the final start at Yankee Stadium. However, the specific circumstances could still only be felt as a shock. It was as if Sabathia & # 39; s body had suddenly pushed him out the door while navigating through a particularly difficult and affectionate farewell. It was generally a bad evening for the Yankees. (She then lost 8-3, bringing them three games to one in the series.) But this was a remarkable underbelly.
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And in a sense, it was an output that fitted perfectly. Sabathia threw until he literally couldn't do this anymore. He threw until his shoulder broke. His career can be described, if not fully defined, by his remarkable endurance: Sabathia threw pain on his surgically repaired knee for years and threw an even darker pain while struggling with the demons of alcoholism. Both could easily have ended his career. He could have retired five years ago or even ten years with a perfectly admirable baseball life. Yet he did not. Instead, he just kept doing the work. He ended with a series of numbers that will never be touched again (it could well be that no one else ever gets the chance to start so many games, let alone do them right) and a career that bears witness to the power of the appearance and virtue of playing hard.
Sabathia pushed to the limit for years with not only his body, but his whole self. And his career ended exactly the same way. Sabathia pushed to the limit for years with not only his body, but his whole self. And his career ended exactly the same way. He gave until he could no longer give physically. "When I released the ball, my shoulder went with it," he told reporters on Friday, revealing that he had actually been wounded by the previous batter, meaning that he faced Springer with a partially separated shoulder and - still - remained Get on . He pitched until he couldn't throw another pitch, which is perhaps as close as baseball can give someone to die the way he lived.
The Yankees removed Sabathia from the ALCS roster on Friday and put an end to the last hope for a chance for a new appearance. This was the end. And no matter how sad it was, it couldn't fit better.
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