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This Day in Yankee History: Sabathia takes the fine

This long-roiling feud between Tampa and New York was kicked up a notch in 2018

New York Yankees v Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Welcome to This Day in Yankees History. The season may be at its end, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a trip into the past. These daily posts will highlight two or three key moments in Yankees history on a given date, as well as recognize players born on the day. Hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane with us!

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Some mildly interesting things happened on this day, highlighted by Lou Gehrig tying Babe Ruth for the MLB home run lead on the final day of the season in 1932. The most interesting thing to happen for the franchise, however, is yet another chapter in this long-simmering feud between the Yankees and Rays.

CC Sabathia had an innings clause in his contract for the 2018 season. Throw 155 innings, make a cool $500,000 bonus. With a playoff spot locked up, all indications were that Aaron Boone would let his veteran go long in his final start against the Rays, giving him the best chance to reach that innings mark.

And then Austin Romine was nearly hit by Rays pitcher Andrew Kittridge. Both benches were warned, but in CC’s own words, “I don’t really make decisions based on money, I guess”. When Jesús Sucre stepped in the box in the bottom half, Sabathia plunked him, knowing he’d be ejected short of reaching his innings bonus.

Of course the Rays were their usual whiny selves about any infraction, barking at CC as he left the field. The big man is never shy about talking back, standing atop the dugout steps and assuring the Rays “that’s for you, @$%&#”.

You can watch the entire saga here.

I really dislike the Rays. Of course the Red Sox are the historic rival, but they’re really the Pepsi to the Yankees’ Coke - big, storied brands duking it out at the top. The Rays are that strange off brand cola you find in a dirty, unused vending machine in the basement of the oldest library on campus. I will never condone throwing a baseball at someone, but it is nice to do things that annoy that franchise.

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