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Gammons: Sabathia has to be soul of pitching staff for Yankees to contend

Carnival of soul. #Hilligross

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His career has spanned 13 seasons, 12 post-season series and 205 wins for the Indians, Brewers and Yankees, thrown 2,775 innings for close to $200M, and he has always stood and faced his responsibilities, the definition of accountable. “I know what I am expected to do,” he says, “and I have always tried to fulfill the hopes and the expectations of my teammates and everyone associated with my teams.”

He has devoted much of his free time to kids from New York to his hometown of Vallejo, but nothing has ever distracted him from his teams’ obligations. There was no better example than September, 2008, when, as he headed towards free agency, he understood what it meant to his Brewer teammates and the fans of Milwaukee to make the post-season for the first time since 1982, and, with the contract in front of him, made his final three starts on three days’ rest.

The first year of his megadeal with the Yankees, he helped pitch the Yankees to their first world championship since 2000. In time, the wear of his weight on his hip and his elbow resulted in a worn elbow and a decline in both velocity and performance. Last season, he was 14-13. His earned run average was 4.78. His fourseam fastball that averaged 94.8 in 2009 averaged 91.6.

...Sabathia’s storyline Friday was his weight, down 40 pounds from his prime. More than a year ago, he changed his diet and exercise routine, but the weight did not show positive results. “Because I was coming off the elbow surgery, I never worked on strength, on throwing,” said Sabathia. “As a result, I never really felt right. It wasn’t really the velocity. I don’t have to throw 96 or 98 as I once did. I can pitch. I need to go back using my changeup more often. That was once a good pitch for me.

“But,” Sabathia added, “the most important thing was that because I didn’t have the strength, I never felt comfortable with my delivery. One of the constants of my career was my ability to repeat my delivery. I never did that with any consistency last year.”

What was amazing about Sabathia is that even when he weighed 300-something, he is such an exceptional athlete that he repeated his delivery and pounded the strike zone.

Repoz Posted: February 15, 2014 at 02:19 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Esoteric Posted: February 15, 2014 at 02:46 PM (#4657375)
My god, he looks...like he has an illness. He's so thin!
   2. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: February 15, 2014 at 02:58 PM (#4657380)
He looks not well. At all.

Yikes.
   3. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: February 15, 2014 at 03:17 PM (#4657386)
He needs to add a few chins back.
   4. Publius Publicola Posted: February 15, 2014 at 03:35 PM (#4657392)
So, he's NOT in the best shape of his life?
   5. BDC Posted: February 15, 2014 at 03:39 PM (#4657395)
Carnival of soul. #Hilligross


Would you believe what movie I watched last night? I feel at the cutting edge of hip.
   6. Jacob Posted: February 15, 2014 at 04:14 PM (#4657401)
Why can't he be the rock of the pitching staff? Is it because he's black?
   7. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: February 15, 2014 at 04:51 PM (#4657418)
Man, it's hard to follow his writing. I can barely keep track of what he's talking about.
   8. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: February 15, 2014 at 06:07 PM (#4657436)
CC shouldn't have run over that old gypsy woman.
   9. Esoteric Posted: February 15, 2014 at 06:16 PM (#4657437)
Primey to #8.
   10. JE (Jason) Posted: February 15, 2014 at 06:31 PM (#4657441)
Man, it's hard to follow his writing. I can barely keep track of what he's talking about.

He must have kept the Globe's editors really busy. One of them is desperately needed to patrol Gammons Daily.
   11. ptodd Posted: February 15, 2014 at 09:28 PM (#4657477)
CC looks like he has AIDS in that pitcher. Seriously.

Souls can't pitch, need flesh and blood to pitch
   12. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: February 15, 2014 at 10:04 PM (#4657482)
CC shouldn't have run over that old gypsy woman.


+1
   13. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: February 15, 2014 at 10:31 PM (#4657486)
I hate to say it, but if you lose a lot of weight after you turn 30, the skin doesn't snap back. It hangs off of you for months, until you regrow an appropriate-sized epidermis. He'll look better in a year, if he keeps it off.
   14. Rough Carrigan Posted: February 15, 2014 at 11:27 PM (#4657497)
I don't think he sounds nearly as good as on the early recordings like Rainy Days and Mondays.
   15. Yastrzemski in left. Posted: February 17, 2014 at 02:16 AM (#4657898)
if the Yankees are going to win 95 games and be back in the race for the high life, again, Tanaka and Kuroda, Nova, David Phelps and Pineda are important, but Sabathia has to be the constant, fulcrum and soul of a pitching staff whose February promises will be a project that will be a process from March through September.


Constant fulcrum and soul? A 33 year old CC Sabathia? Good luck with that. I think Tanaka better be Pedro-esque or forget about it.
   16. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: February 17, 2014 at 02:48 AM (#4657901)
I hate to say it, but if you lose a lot of weight after you turn 30, the skin doesn't snap back. It hangs off of you for months, until you regrow an appropriate-sized epidermis


Now I'm terrified. We're about to start a "Biggest Loser" contest at work and my goal is to lose 30+ pounds.

I'm not sure it would be worth it to end up looking like C.C. ...
   17. Sunday silence Posted: February 17, 2014 at 03:06 AM (#4657906)

Man, it's hard to follow his writing. I can barely keep track of what he's talking about.


His final three starts on three days rest was what did it for me.


“As a result, I never really felt right. It wasn’t really the velocity. I don’t have to throw 96 or 98 as I once did. I can pitch. I need to go back using my changeup more often. That was once a good pitch for me.


It was a good pitch when you can throw 96 or 98.
   18. Dr. Vaux Posted: February 17, 2014 at 04:20 AM (#4657908)
You don't regrow an appropriate-sized epidermis. It hangs off of you forever. That's why there's body recontouring surgery. (Well, that's if you lose 100 lbs. Maybe 30 lbs. will take care of itself.)

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