This had to happen sooner or later.
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Take the time to get healthy, CC Sabathia!
The star pitcher for the New York Yankees announced on Monday that he is leaving the team, effective immediately, to enter a rehab facility for alcohol abuse.
The 35-year-old pitcher has long been one of the mainstays for the Yankees' pitching rotation, but as the team enters the playoffs with their first game on Tuesday evening against the Houston Astros, they will have to go ahead without him.
CC has to take care of a far more important concern.
"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.
He also made sure to note that he had the organization's support, while also asking for privacy for his family.
And, in an encouraging sign, Sabathia already began to hold himself accountable for what no doubt has been a long, difficult road:
"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."
Baseball is big business, but the game becomes irrelevant for people struggling with problems that endanger their lives and families.
We are thinking of CC Sabathia and his family and loved ones during this very difficult time, and we hope he gets the help he needs!
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