Girardi Watching CC's Final Game: 'I Love You, Man'

Sabathia Left ALCS Game 4 With Shoulder Injury

Rob Lep
October 18, 2019 - 11:14 am

CC Sabathia is a six-time All-Star, a World Series champion with the Yankees in 2009 and the 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner. He led the MLB in wins in 2009 and 2010.

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In Thursday night's American League Championship Series Game 4 loss to the Houston Astros, Sabathia left in the fourth inning with a shoulder injury, which will likely be the end of the Yankees great's career.

Sabathia made 583 starts in his MLB career, 272 with ex-Yankees manager Joe Girardi as his skipper (more than any other).

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“That was not the way I wanted to see it end for him,” Girardi said while serving as an analyst for MLB Network. “CC, you’re a Hall of Fame pitcher that was as tough as any man I was ever around."

Back in April, Sabathia joined a very exclusive fraternity, becoming just the 17th pitcher in MLB history to have 3,000 strikeouts. The only two pitchers on that list to not make the Hall of Fame are Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling. Needless to say, their Hall of Fame candidacies are more complicated.

“You were a great husband, great father,” Girardi said while holding back tears. “You were probably the best teammate I’ve ever been around. Your ability to pull all 25, sometimes all 50 people together in the clubhouse. You were the guy I always wanted on the mound when we needed a win. It was a privilege to manage you for nine years. I love you, man.”

The Yankees will try to keep their season alive in a possible elimination Game 5 Friday night at Yankee Stadium.

The outpouring of support for Sabathia on social media from current and former major leaguers Alex Rodriguez, Trevor Bauer, Phil Hughes, Dontrelle Willis and others will hit you right in the feels.