R-E-S-P-E-C-T

By Gary Norris Gray BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: July 19, 2011

CC Sabathia

CC Sabathia

OAKLAND, CA. (BASN) Mr. CC Sabathia, star pitcher for the New York Yankees might need to sing the Aretha Franklin 1960′s hit. He is the only pitcher in the majors that has a legitimate chance at winning 300 games before retiring. He has 171 victories thus far. Sabathia is also one of the better hitting pitchers in the majors. If he played in the National League some opposing pitchers might give him an intentional walk. He has three home runs, three doubles, and 27 hits. Sabathia’s career batting average is .250, one of the highest of the current major league pitchers who swing and miss.

For Carsten Charles Sabathia, a Northern California native from the city of Vallejo. R-E-S-P-E-C-T means getting it right. Many sports writers and broadcasters call Sabathia “C.C.” which is incorrect. CC is the proper spelling and he has no problem telling America.

Even yours truly has written C.C. before knowing the correct written form of his name. He made this request at the press conference that announced his trade from the Cleveland Indians to the Milwaukee Brewers in 2008.

Sabathia was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the first round of 1998. The first season in the majors (2001) he was 17-5 and his last season in Cleveland he was 19-7 in 2007.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T During the off season he lost weight and came to training camp leaner and meaner. The sports media would not leave him alone stating that he would not have the arm power and strength to pitch 200 innings this year. He is more than halfway there with 152 innings.

When CC was of larger size, these same media geniuses called him fat, chubby, and slow when he lost games. So Sabathia cannot win this argument; all he does is win games.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T Last Saturday afternoon he calmly mowed down the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 winning his 7th straight and 14th victory of the year. The Yankees victory stopped the Blue Jays five game winning streak and the Yankee three game losing streak. Sabathia struck out eight allowing three hits and one run.

He is the bona fide ace of the Yankees pitching staff and New York manager Joe Girardi knows that Sabathia can stop losing streaks. The Yankee bull pen loves it when number 52 is on the mound, It usually signals a day off. CC has pitched over 200 innings, 7 out of the last 10 years, including this year barring injury. He is a five time American League All Star.

CC went to the Milwaukee Brewers in the middle of the 2008 season winning 11 games and losing 2 as he pitched the Brewers to a wild card spot in the National League Divisional Series. He worked so hard during that stretch he could not produce a victory, to the powerhouse Philadelphia Phillies.

Sabathia pitched on three days rest which compounded the problem. The only runs the Phillies produced was Shane Victorino’s Grand Slam. The Milwaukee Brewers could not score against Brett Myers who took the commanding two game lead in series.

CC Sabathia was a free agent at the end of the 2008 season. The New York Yankees came calling, asking him to put on the pinstripes.

Sabathia and the New York Yankees won the World Series in 2009 and he was named the Most Valuable Player in the American League Championship Series.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T He won the Cy Young Award in 2007 and should have had two more the following years but baseball being baseball changed the criteria for winning this prestigious award. In 2009 Zack Greinke won the award with only 16 victories CC won 19. Grienke had lower statistic numbers with 2.16 ERA. Zack pitched for the last place Kansas City Royals so the pressure of a pennant race did not effect Grienke’s pitching. While CC and the Yankees were in a heated pennant chase with the Boston Red Sox.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T Last year once again CC won 21 games but the award did not go to the New York Yankee pitcher. The Seattle Mariner Felix Hernandez garnered the award with a 13-12 record and a 2.27 ERA. Hernandez won 19 games with 2.47 ERA the year before and came in 2nd place in the Cy Young Award voting in 2009. So this could be called a make up for the 2009 season? This raises questions about the validity of the award; and those who vote for it.

As of July 17, 2011, CC Sabathia is 14-4 leading the majors in victories once more.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T that is all Mr. Carsten Charles Sabathia is asking.

Just a little bit.

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