New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia has officially announced his retirement via an emotional post on Twitter on Monday.
“It all started in Vallejo, CA in my grandma’s backyard throwing grapefruits at a folding chair” Sabathia wrote.
“I could have never imagined how much this game has meant to me since. Through the ups and downs, baseball has always been my home. From Cleveland, to Milwaukee, to New York and everywhere in between, I’m so thankful to have experienced this journey with every teammate past and present. All I ever wanted to do was to be a great teammate and win. I’m so proud of this year’s team, we fought til the end. Love you guys! I’m going to miss going out there on the mound and competing , but it’s time to say farewell. Thank you, Baseball.”
Sabathia ends a 19 year career with a World Series championship he won with the Yankees, and played for the Cleveland Indians and the Milwaukee Brewers.
Sabathia, who announced that 2019 would be his final season, saw his career come to an end in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros, when he injured his shoulder while pitching, and walked off the field to a standing ovation from the Yankee crowd.
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— CC Sabathia (@CC_Sabathia) October 21, 2019