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CC Sabathia Wants His Yankees Cap in the Baseball Hall of Fame

CC Sabathia Wants His Yankees Cap in the Baseball Hall of Fame

-Good news —
Yankees are in first place. Bad news — You’re on
the injured list right now. -Yeah, yeah.
-Hopefully not for too long. -Yeah, hopefully not. -And you announced in February
this is your last season. Are you finding that you have
time to reflect back on it? Are you enjoying that part of
knowing this is the last go? -I am enjoying that,
but it’s hard to reflect just because
we’re trying to win. Like, you know, every game
is important. -Yeah.
-You know? We’re trying to win every game. So it’s hard to kind of,
like, sit back and reflect when you’re trying to go out
and win a championship. So it’s good. -And I assume you don’t sit in
the locker room, like, constantly telling guys, “You know, this is it for me,
fellas.” [ Laughter ] -They’ve constantly reminded me. Like, “What are you gonna be
doing next year? You gonna be doing this?
You gonna be doing that?” So I constantly get reminders
from my teammates. -You also — 3,000 strikeouts,
250 wins, only the 14th player in history
to do that. And I — you know,
I think 250 — [ Cheers and applause ]
Absolutely. 250 is kind of the new 300. I don’t know if we’ll see
any 300-game winners anymore. That’s a big number. -Yeah, I don’t think there will
be any 300-game winners, just because of the way
the game’s going, and the way
bullpens are built up. You know, starters only go five,
six innings now, not going deep into the game,
you know, getting the win. -You were at the All-Star Game
with your teammates. It was in Cleveland,
where you started your career, and they let you go out
and make a mound visit. -Yeah. It was so awkward. [ Laughter ]
-I will say, based on the — I’ve never seen a manager leave
a mound visit that happy. [ Laughter ] I’ve never seen a manager —
-I didn’t know what to say. I got out there.
It was super awkward. I was just, “Chappie, you good?” He was like, “Yeah, I’m good.
Like, beat it.” [ Laughter ] -You brought your kids
to the Home Run Derby. That must have been fun.
-Yeah. [ Audience aws ] Three of the four of them
were born in Cleveland, so they think
Cleveland is their home. So to get a chance to go back
for the Home Run Derby, be there for the All-Star Game
was really, really fun. -And you were incredibly
well received in Cleveland. Obviously, that’s where
you started your career. That must have been
a nice feeling as well. -It was. You know, I feel like
I grew up there. I got drafted by them
when I was 17 years old and didn’t get traded
until I was 27. Like I said, three out of four
of my kids were born there. So I have a lot of history
in Cleveland. And, you know, I feel like
this is my second home. -Do you remember your first
strikeout in Cleveland? -I do. Mike Kinkade. -Okay, Mike Kinkade. Do you think
that hurts his feelings that you remember him by name? [ Laughter ] -But I played against him
so much in the minor leagues, that I — It was against
the Orioles, so I kind of wanted it to be,
like, Cal Ripken or somebody. It was, like, Mike Kinkade,
who I struck out a bunch of times
in the minor leagues, so it wasn’t really cool. [ Laughter ]
-Yeah. How do you think how he felt
when he was like, “CC?” -“Got to face this guy again?”
[ Laughter ] -Obviously you’ve been with
New York now for what is it, 10 years?
-11 years. -11 years now.
-Yeah. -I guess a little bit less
with the Indians. So, when you think about things,
obviously you don’t want to get ahead of yourselves, but you
have Hall of Fame numbers. Have you thought about what cap you want to go into
the Hall of Fame wearing? -Wow, that’s the first time
I got that question. -Yeah. [ Laughter ] -I think being here now
for 11 years and winning
the World Series here, I think it will be a Yankee hat. -I know no one’s gonna talk
about it, but we’re coming up — [ Cheers and applause ] When we do shows in Cleveland, you can come on
and give a different answer. [ Laughter ] No one will talk about it,
but you know, we’re coming up on the trade deadline. This is obviously a time where
people try to find that last piece
for a playoff team. You had a very brief stint
in Milwaukee, which is really
one of the great runs sort of if you want to call it a rental. You were like 11-2
with a crazy sub-2 ERA in your time in Milwaukee. Was that an exciting time
to just — You know, obviously it was
a short visit, but you were everything
they could have asked for. -It was. It was a great time. Just because I had, you know,
been in a place in Cleveland where we didn’t have a —
we weren’t having a great year. We were in last place,
and I show up in Milwaukee, and you’re right
in the playoff race. So, I was healthy. I was young. And I, you know, felt good,
and I was kind of in a groove So I wanted to pitch
as much as possible. They were like, “Hey, you want
to pitch on three days’ rest?” I was like,
“Yeah, sure, let’s do it.” So, just kept going out, trying
to get us in the playoffs. And we hadn’t been to
the playoffs in 26 years, and made it that year. It was a fun celebration. -That thing about when you’re
younger and you’re willing — that, like, you pitching
on three days’ rest, the way I used to
feel in my 30s, about, like, going out
on back-to-back nights. -Yeah.
[ Laughter ] Now I couldn’t do it.
-Yeah, exactly. I used to go out Friday
and then again on Saturday. [ Laughter ]

18 comments on “CC Sabathia Wants His Yankees Cap in the Baseball Hall of Fame

  1. C.C. put the Brewers on his back that half of a season. We would not have made the playoffs without him and I will be forever greatful to him for getting us there.

  2. "250 wins is the new 300" is everything that is wrong with baseball. Starting pitchers get paid more and more to do less. A starter who made 30+ starts used to have 12+ complete games. Now it's news if a team has 12 CG.

  3. He will always be an Indian to me #GoTribe 1 of many Cy Young Award Winning Pitchers for Cleveland; I am still predicting we will over take The Twins & win another Central Division Title. 3 games back hint

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