This Day In Sports History (December 7th) – Bo Jackson
This Day In Sports History (December 10th) – C.C. Sabathia
It was on this day in 2008 that the New York Yankees signed free agent starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia to a seven-year, $161 million contract. This remains the largest contract ever signed by a pitcher in Major League Baseball history.
The Yankees got exactly what they paid for in Sabathia’s first year, as he was a key contributor to their 2009 World Series championship. C.C. had a solid regular season, putting together a 19-8 record with a 3.37 ERA and 197 strikeouts while finishing fourth in Cy Young Award voting. However, it was in the playoffs where Sabathia really earned his money, as he went 3-1, pitching deep into all five games he started.
C.C. Sabathia’s best work came in the A.L.C.S. against the Los Angeles Angels, as he was named the series’ Most Valuable Player. Sabathia dominated the Angels in both of his starts, compiling a 2-0 record with a 1.13 ERA and 12 strikeouts, while pitching eight innings in each contest.
Here is Derek Jeter discussing the signing of Sabathia.
Paul Assenmacher, MLB – Born December 10th 1960 (age 52) in Detroit, Michigan
Rob Blake, NHL – Born December 10th 1969 (age 43) in Simcoe, Ontario
T.J. Hensick, NHL – Born December 10th 1985 (age 27) in Howell, Michigan