Mark Teixeira looked down at his feet Saturday night and realized something wasn’t quite right. Instead of his own familiar No. 25 socks, he had a 25 on one foot—and a No. 52 on the other. One of CC Sabathia’s socks had found its way into Teixeira’s locker.
No big deal, he thought. He shrugged and left the sock on.
Two Teixeira home runs, six RBI and a historic Yankee comeback later, a new superstition was born. Teixeira and Sabathia have been swapping socks ever since, each going into battle wearing a 25 on one foot and a 52 on the other for good luck.”
“I was confident that we would get to an agreement,” Sabathia said. “I wanted to stay here.”
Sabathia lost 25 pounds last winter but put some of it back on this past season. He said he will prioritize the weight loss again, though he admitted he “got a little lax during the season” with his conditioning.
“I think it’s something I do because it’s for me and to be proactive,” he said of losing weight. “I just need to go out and be healthy and try to do what I can to be out there for every start. For me, that means losing weight. That’s what I’ll do.” - CC Sabathia
“But there is another view — that the opt out is a blessing for the Yankees. At this moment Sabathia is arguably the best free-agent signing in Yankees history. For three years at $69 million, Sabathia went 59-23 with a 3.18 ERA; and was brilliant during the Yankees’ 2009 championship run.
Does anyone think Sabathia’s future with the Yankees will be better than that? Maybe, like Rick Reuschel or David Wells, he will be a hefty pitcher who maintains a high level of excellence into his late-30s. But how much — and for how long — do the Yankees want to gamble on that? Especially since any interested team has to wonder if the late-season/playoff fade this year was a double whammy based on large workload, large waistline.”
Joel Sherman, NYPost
CC: “When I’m right, I can get anybody”
It’s easy to see the trend developing between CC Sabathia and the Red Sox. The numbers paint a pretty convincing picture, and it’s not a good one for the Yankees ace: He’s 16-2 with a 2.11 ERA against the rest of baseball, but 0-4 with a 7.20 ERA against Boston. He’d allowed a total of seven runs in his previous eight starts, but allowed seven runs in six innings today.
“I can see (being worried) if I hadn’t beat them in the last three years,” Sabathia said. “But I have. So that gives me confidence to know that I can go out and pitch well against this team.”
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