Even with the incredible luck that the famed Yankees franchise had this year with barely making it into the playoffs, the storied season will most likely come to an end in the wild card opener against the Houston Astros. CC Sabathia checked himself into an alcohol rehabilitation center after a long personal battle with alcoholism. His disease is not so much as a surprise as the timing of it, and it will be interesting to see how the Yankees organization handles it as well as his teammates. Whether he will be welcomed back in with open arms will be an interesting story, since this kills any chance of the Yankees making the World Series.
With only one starting pitcher in their rotation with playoff experience, the Yankees are done like toast. Ivan Nova isn’t even their 3rd best pitcher, so the Astros are pretty much going to moonwalk past this series with the Yankees. Alcoholism is a big thing in MLB, and another notable Yankee that suffered with alcohol abuse passed away due to cancer from it in Mickey Mantle. The league has a more recent history with both the drug and alcohol abuse of Josh Hamilton, possibly the most famous case in baseball since it is so on again and off again. Hamilton’s abuse went the extra mile with cocaine, a drug that is as addictive as alcohol with worse side effects. This has led to several relapses as he struggled with his substance abuse problems, and even with the public by his side, he still suffers with getting completely clean.
In the case of Hamilton he had a lot of support, even with his teammates when they would celebrate with ginger ale instead of champagne. Although it was an incredible gesture, things may be a bit different with CC Sabathia because of the way he left. It isn’t fair that it has to be that way, but the one set of fans that you don’t want to disappoint in any sport are New York fans. His road to recovery won’t be nearly as hard as trying to find his way back into the clubhouse, especially at the age of 35 and coming off one of his worst seasons ever. This could very well be the end of his career, and it wouldn’t be surprising if he saved management the trouble and called a press conference announcing it after the playoffs. Whatever his decision is, let’s hope that it is for the betterment of himself and his family.
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