“All I ever wanted was to be a great teammate and win.”
On Friday evening (Oct. 18), the New York Yankees and its fans bid adieu to longtime baseball player CC Sabathia. The 39-year-old participated in the MLB’s American League Championship match against the Houston Astros when he ruptured his left shoulder.
Once the injury was examined by medical officials, the Yankees opted to replace Sabathia with Ben Heller, leading the former pitcher to trade in his pinstripes indefinitely, according to ESPN. After the game, Sabathia took to Twitter to post a message of gratitude and reflection.
“From Cleveland, to Milwaukee, New York, and everywhere in between, I’m so thankful to have experienced this journey with every teammate past and present,” he said. “All I ever wanted was to be a great teammate and win.”
Thank you, Baseball. pic.twitter.com/o4lGeQi3uJ
— CC Sabathia (@CC_Sabathia) October 21, 2019
The left-hander, born Carsten Charles Sabathia Jr., found a passion in baseball during his high school years in his native city of Vallejo, California. From there, Sabathia joined the pros in 1998 as part of the Cleveland Indians. Seven years passed before he took the mound for the Milwaukee Brewers for a year. Then in 2009, Sabathia inked a contract with the Yankees where he won the World Series that same year.
“I’m going to miss going out there on the mound and competing, but it’s time to say farewell,” he wrote. “Thank you, Baseball.” Sports franchises and agencies wished Sabathia the best on his new journey.
“Thank you. It’s been an amazing 11 years. I’ve loved every minute of it here in the Bronx.” –@CC_Sabathia
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 18, 2019
— Roc Nation Sports (@RocNationSports) October 21, 2019
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) October 21, 2019