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Posted by CC Sabathia on Monday, October 5, 2015

NY PostStruggling Yankee pitcher CC Sabathia announced on Monday that he will spend the postseason drying out in rehab while his teammates chase a World Series title — a move that follows a weekend-long bender during a Baltimore road trip, sources told The Post. …

By Friday, the pitcher looked “out of it” as the team waited around Baltimore’s Camden Yards to play a game that was eventually rained out.

“He drank every day last week apart from the day he pitched,” the source said. “The tipping point was Friday when he was at the stadium. He carried on drinking Saturday.”

The team had been staying at the Four Seasons hotel during their Baltimore series. A bartender there told The Post he didn’t personally see CC, but said, “We have a strict policy. Whenever sports teams or big names come in, we give them whatever they need, no questions.”

“We have 24-hour room service here,” he added. “Whatever happens in their private room is out of our control.” …

While he’s not regarded as a big drinker, Sabathia was the team’s celebratory booze wrangler.

He arranged for magnums of champagne for the playoff-clinching clubhouse party on Thursday, and also ordered the bubbly for Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000th hit, sources said.

I certainly don’t begrudge CC Sabathia doing whatever he must to get his life in order. Granted, my friends have always discouraged each other from getting off the booze with “Nobody likes a quitter.” But if Sabathia feels like he has to get on the bright, more power to him. I have to think that even if I was a Yankee fan – only by the grace of God am I not – I’d put his personal needs ahead of the ball club.

But at the risk of sounding cold hearted, I have to admit I’m a little disappointed in this story. I mean, when you click on a New York tabloid article about a star athlete’s “weekend bender,” you expect more than just “he was drunk in his hotel room on his days off” and “he was hungover at the ballpark when he wasn’t scheduled to pitch.” I’m sorry, but that’s his rock bottom? That’s what inspired him to change his lifestyle for good? Feeling like crap on a rainy day? For most 35-year-olds I know, that’s a typical weekend. Hell, Mickey Mantle was doing most of those between games of double headers.

Again, I applaud the man. But the fact that he’s got another year left on a $182 million contract and a luxury hotel with a policy to give him anything he wants, the fact that he didn’t wake up in his room with a dozen room service pizzas, 20 movies ordered on his pay-per-view, three hookers and a Lamborghini parked in the living room means he deserves to be the next Dalai Lama, not in rehab. If there was a Nobel Prize for restraint, I’d give it to Sabathia. But he sees it differently, and good for him.

All I can add is that if Entercom ever puts me up in a hotel where the policy is “whenever sports talk show hosts and bloggers come in, we give them whatever they need, no questions,” they’re gonna need a bigger rehab facility.


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Jerry Thornton
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Another blown call in Seattle on Monday Night Football.

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MLB playoffs: Astros at Yankees, 8:08 p.m. (ESPN)
Basketball: Exhibition, Celtics vs. Olympia Milano, 2:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
WNBA Finals: Fever at Lynx, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)


Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright acknowledged he intentionally batted the fumbled ball out of the back of the end zone with 1:51 remaining, in case it wasn’t obvious enough to anyone who watched Monday night’s game on television (see the video here).

The on-field officials, however, got it wrong, and the league has a new controversy after Seattle escaped with a controversial 13-10 victory over the Lions.

Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson was reaching for the goal line and a go-ahead touchdown when he was hit and the ball bounced into the end zone. Wright, unaware that it’s illegal to hit a ball out, did just that. Yet instead of Detroit retaining possession at the 1-yard line, Seattle was awarded the ball at the 20 and went on to run out the clock.

“People do it all the time, though … is that illegal? Explain that to me,” Wright said in his postgame press conference when told his play was against the rules.

“I was just running to the ball, and the ball was right there. And I think they teach us to knock the ball out of bounds, so I wanted to make a smart play and it worked out for us.”

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll knows his team dodged a bullet.

“[Wright] was trying to knock it out. He did that,” Carroll said. “So it’s unfortunate the officials didn’t know … for their sake.”

NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said the back judge — who was looking right at the play — felt the bat was unintentional, and the call is not reversible by replay. He said the missed call is unacceptable.

“It’s a foul,” he said. “We have to make that call.”

Lions coach Jim Caldwell didn’t want to discuss the issue, telling reporters to “talk to Blandino.”

Added Caldwell: “What can you do? You’re not going to cry about it, that’s for sure.”

— Donald Trump weighed in on the Washington Redskins nickname controversy and said the team should not be obligated to come up with a new name.

“Honestly, I don’t think they should change the name, unless the owner wanted to,” Trump said. “I know Indians that are extremely proud of that name. They think it’s a positive.”

Fellow Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush voiced a similar opinion last week, saying, “I don’t find it offensive.” President Barak Obama and Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton take the opposite stance.

The Change the Mascot campaign responded to Trump’s comment by noting his insensitivity to minorities.

“It is hardly surprising that a candidate who labeled Mexican immigrants rapists and calls women ‘pigs’ now says he wants the NFL to continue slurring Native Americans,” the organization said in a statement. “Donald Trump joins some of the NFL’s ignoble fraternity of billionaires who sit in their office suites and owners boxes happily spending their fortunes denigrating people of color.”

— For the second time in a month, a high school football player died after being injured during a game. Kenny Bui, who played for Seattle’s Evergreen High School, was injured in the fourth quarter of Friday’s game and died Monday morning.

“It is with great sadness that School Board President Bernie Dorsey and I share with you that TEC High School senior Kenney Bui, who was critically injured in Friday night’s Evergreen v. Highline football game, died this morning at the hospital,” Highline Public Schools Superintendent Susan Edfield said in a statement.

“This is a devastating loss for all of us — Evergreen students, families, and staff, and our entire Highline community.

Our deepest condolences go out to Kenney’s family and all who knew him. Please join us in keeping them in your thoughts and prayers.”

Last month in New Jersey, 17-year-old Evan Murray collapsed after a hit and later died from massive internal bleeding caused by a lacerated spleen.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 6, 1906, which Red Sox player homered in his final at-bat, as he committed suicide before the following season, shortly after he was named manager?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I think it’s always great to play against the best players and the best that they have. But at the same time, football takes a toll. We have guys that are out, they have guys that are out. Obviously they have some of their very best, best players out, which is a bummer.” — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, during his weekly Monday appearance on Dennis, Callahan & Minihane, talking about Sunday’s matchup with the injury-plagued Cowboys

STAT OF THE DAY: 41 — Games Sharks forward Raffia Torres was suspended by the NHL — the longest suspension in league history — for his illegal check to the head of Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg in Saturday’s preseason game

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): From a high school football game in Wisconsin, Kewaskum High running back Brandon Thull shows off an impressive series of moves to fake out the defense and score a touchdown.

From another game in Wisconsin, with the Crivitz High quarterback attempting to spike the ball to stop the clock, Gillett High defensive tackle Brian Zahn dives straight ahead and makes an incredible interception.

Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith nails a halfcourt shot to win $30,000 for a military member.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Kevin Cronin, lead singer of REO Speedwagon, was born on this day in 1951.

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Jerry Spar
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We go down to Gilette for our once a week talk with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
We go down to Gilette for our once a week talk with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.