Report: CC Sabathia Rehab Announcement Precipitated by Weekend-Long Bender
The CC Sabathia rehab announcement caught the baseball world by surprise on Monday. Even Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman said they were “shocked” by the news.
They probably shouldn’t have been shocked, though. According to reports from ESPN and the New York Post, Sabathia’s decision to check himself into rehab was preceded by a weekend-long bender in Baltimore following their postseason-clinching win over the Red Sox last Thursday.
The Yankees got in to Baltimore early Friday after a raucous celebration in New York. Then their Friday night game against the Orioles was rained out. Sabathia was the starting pitcher on Thursday, so he basically had no responsibilities on Friday. So apparently he just kept on “celebrating.”
According to ESPN’s Wallace Matthews, reporters covering the Yankees noticed something was not right:
After the Yankees’ game with the Baltimore Orioles was rained out on Friday afternoon, Sabathia was seen by reporters walking unsteadily as he left the Yankees’ clubhouse. The normally affable pitcher also failed to respond to the greetings of reporters who have known him for a long time.
A short time later, an onlooker noticed Sabathia offering a paper cup containing a brown liquid to a teammate who was finishing up a workout, urging the teammate to “take a sip.” The teammate refused, saying he still had some running to do. Sabathia was then ushered out of the building and into a waiting cab by a third teammate.
According to the New York Post, Sabathia’s heavy drinking continued through Saturday. And on Sunday he went to Joe Girardi and told him he needed help.
Hopefully Sabathia gets that help. It certainly took a lot of courage to admit that he has a problem.