Why CC Sabathia Needs To GAIN Weight
As a lifelong Yankees fan, I will forever and always be a fan of CC Sabathia’s. When he came on and willed us to the 2009 World Series victory over the Phillies, it helped me forget (if only for a minute) all of the big name pitchers the Yanks had signed in recent years who ended up being big flops. Flashback to Kevin Brown and Carl Pavano. But what CC did most for me, was give me hope again. Hope that maybe a Yankee Ace could be someone we could pencil in every 5th day without having to worry about injury. Brown broke his hand after punching the back of the dugout wall, Pavano constantly had some kind of splinter in his toe, or gnat in his eye that prevented him from pitching, and I still cringe at the thought of Chien Ming Wang running down the baseline. CC, however, was different. Contrary to Wang, who weighed about a buck 50 soaking wet, CC was a hoss. Standing at 6’7” 315 on the mound, the man was an imposing figure.
The past tense references to CC are for a reason. No longer the 315lb horse, CC was asked to lose some weight this past offseason, and it’s very evident in both his physique, and stat line. Coming into this season at about 280, CC’s fastball has seen a big drop in velocity. Accompanied by his era seeing a big increase in ER/9ip. I’m not saying that CC needs to come into the clubhouse eating a family bucket of KFC, but he does need to pack on a few more pounds before he’s in pitching shape again.
CC is clearly uncomfortable on the mound. Sure, he’s probably in better shape than ever before, but we’re not paying him to place top 10 in the NYC marathon, we’re paying him to throw 95 and strike out Pedroia, Longoria, and Crush Davis 16 times a year. Nobody ever asked Babe Ruth to lose 15 lbs by spring training, and the man never had an issue with losing his power.
I love you CC, so I hate to be the one to break it to you; but you kind of suck this year. Please gain the weight, first pie’s on me.