The Yankees celebrated the 19-year career of left-hander CC Sabathia on Sunday before the game against the Blue Jays.
The tribute included messages from current and former teammates, along with another video that included letters to the pitcher written by his mother Margie, wife Amber and each of their four children. Sabathia couldn't hold back her tears as she watched the video from behind home plate.
“The fact that I was able to play here, for this organization, is a blessing,” Sabathia said. "I never imagined that I was going to win a title with this team."
As part of the ceremony, Bombers manager Aaron Boone presented Sabathia with a chart recognizing each of the starter's accomplishments. On behalf of the organization, General Manager Brian Cashman gifted the veteran and his family a 10-day trip to Japan.
This moment of transition leads Sabathia to face a new challenge as a reliever, which Sabathia described as "exciting" and "nervous."
Sabathia is expected to make his first appearance since the bullpen on Tuesday against the Rays and will pitch again against the Rangers as part of his preparation for the possibility of filling that same role on New York's roster for the American League Division Series. . MLB