“Being an adult means being accountable. Being a baseball player means that others look up to you. I want my kids — and others who may have become fans of mine over the years — to know that I am not too big of a man to ask for help. I want to hold my head up high, have a full heart and be the type of person again that I can be proud of. And that’s exactly what I am going to do.”
—New York Yankees starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia, in a statement announcing that he would not be helping his team prevail in the upcoming playoffs and World Series because he was checking into an alcohol rehabilitation center to treat his alcoholism.
Nobody outside of the Yankees organization and Sabathia’s family was aware that he was suffering from this malady until the announcement. Here is his whole statement, which speaks for itself:
“Today I am checking myself into an alcohol rehabilitation center to receive the professional care and assistance needed to treat my disease.
“I love baseball and I love my teammates like brothers, and I am also fully aware that I am leaving at a time when we should all be coming together for one last push toward the World Series. It hurts me deeply to do this now, but I owe it to myself and to my family to get myself right. I want to take control of my disease, and I want to be a better man, father and player.
“I want to thank the New York Yankees organization for their encouragement and understanding. Their support gives me great strength and has allowed me to move forward with this decision with a clear mind.
“As difficult as this decision is to share publicly, I don’t want to run and hide. But for now please respect my family’s need for privacy as we work through this challenge together.
“Being an adult means being accountable. Being a baseball player means that others look up to you. I want my kids — and others who may have become fans of mine over the years — to know that I am not too big of a man to ask for help. I want to hold my head up high, have a full heart and be the type of person again that I can be proud of. And that’s exactly what I am going to do.
“I am looking forward to being out on the field with my team next season playing the game that brings me so much happiness.”
Well said, sir.
This is a hard long, indeed never ending battle, but when you have to fight it, there can be no fudging and no backing down.
May you succeed, and even if it means that you beat the Red Sox next season, I’ll still be glad that you took this step.
8 thoughts on “Ethical Quote Of The Month: Yankees Pitcher C.C. Sabathia”
Good move by CC and I wish him the best. Recovery takes precedence.
Outstanding, sir! It’s the first step, but just keep putting one foot in front of the other. It will test your mettle, but staying the course will forge character and strength.
Trust me, I’m no Yankees fan and I’m even married to one of those crazy Red Sox fans, nor do I know much about the importance of timing in beginning a residential program, but couldn’t he have waited a week or two or three or four until the Yankees were eliminated from the playoffs or won the Series? Hasn’t he abandoned his team mates and his employer at a very critical time?
But the statement is great. It’s the anti-Charles Barkely (how does the Chuckster spell his last name?) position, which is very commendable and helpful.
He may have been physically incapacitated at that point
He may well have been able to wait a week or two but it seems he had gotten to the point where he was ready to admit his problem and go. In a week or two or three depending on how far the Yankees went in the playoffs he may have gotten to the point where he could convince himself he had it under control. Best to go now and not tempt fate.
Reports are surfacing he’d been on a bender for most of a week by Sunday. joed68 evidently had it right. All mooted by their wild card loss. I hope he does well in recovering. Seems like a nice guy who’s well regarded by the other players. And he seems to care about his kids’ welfare.
When you reach the point that you know you need help, you have to do it immediately, no stalls, no procrastination. You have a window of possible escape, and it can close without warning.
I guess Brian Cashman or his advisers must have known that. Guess I should have known that from watching “Dr. Drew” episodes.