NY Post – Struggling 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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