The Boston Red Sox won the American League pennant last night, adding another milestone to their already historic season. And while David Price was pitching the postseason game of his life, another veteran southpaw was dropping a podcast.
CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco released the 2018 Yankees Season Recap episode of R2C2 yesterday. The pair talked about the Bombers’ campaign, most notably the abrupt exit from the ALDS at the hands of the Red Sox.
“I was embarrassed, man,” Sabathia said when asked what his reaction was to the way the season ended. “I’m embarrassed. That [expletive] was embarrassing. I’m just angry, embarrassed. We just couldn’t get it done.”
The 38-year-old made an interesting point about how they had a great team in terms of talent, but he believes they only turned in a good season. CC wrote it off to baseball being unpredictable, and reminded listeners that the core consists of a number of rookies and young players. His confidence, however, remains unshaken. “This group is going to win a World Series,” he said.
Sabathia addressed a variety of subjects, including his Game Four start, bullpen usage, and his comments toward Angel Hernandez. He regretted making those remarks following the game, attributing it to the heat of the moment. Naturally, Ruocco then asked if CC heard Rick Porcello’s jab during the Red Sox’ celebration.
“I did, I did,” Sabathia answered. “What can I say? He won. When you’re the winner you get to say whatever you want, man. He won.”
That’s a classy response from the left-hander, who said he has to respect the Red Sox as the winner. Sabathia’s leadership qualities make him an attractive target in free agency. The Yankees have money to spend, and they need pitching. They should make an attempt to bring in multiple arms, so a reunion makes perfect sense. Give him the Andy Pettitte or Hiroki Kuroda treatment, as many one-year deals as he would like until he retires.
The whole podcast is worth the listen – especially the part where CC breaks down his ejection in Tampa Bay. Give it a listen and let us know what you think in the comment section below!