On Thursday night, as Game 4 of the ALCS wound down, New York Yankees starter CC Sabathia came into the game. After recording two outs on 20 pitches, Sabathia, who is retiring after this season, seemed to injure himself and was removed from the game to a rousing ovation from the Yankee Stadium crowd.
Following the game on MLB Network, Joe Girardi, Sabathia’s former Yankees manager, emotionally talked about him and what he meant to the team on a level you don’t see very often from a national analyst.
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) October 18, 2019
Sabathia came to the Yankees in 2009, Girardi’s second season managing the Bronx Bombers. Together, the duo won the 2009 World Series and three AL East titles, making the playoffs an additional three times. Sabathia was a three-time All-Star in New York under Girardi’s management, and also finished in the top five of AL Cy Young voting three times.
Funnily enough, the two men that worked together for so long could be swapping roles next year. Girardi (who has made no secret of wanting to manage again) has been linked to numerous managerial vacancies across MLB over the last couple of weeks, and withdrew as the USA Baseball manager this week to pursue those managerial openings. Sabathia joined ESPN earlier this year as an analyst, before he had hung up his spikes, and will presumably take on a more full-time role at the network next season.