CC Sabathia is in his third season with the Yankees but already is a fan favorite. Get to know the big lefty a little better with these facts.
Compiled by Matt Saur
Sabathia is an avid Oakland Raiders fan, from his days growing up in Vallejo, Calif. He also met and married his high school sweetheart Amber, who played a major role in his signing with the Yankees. Amber gave her approval for him to move to New York instead of staying closer to home in California.
When Sabathia was called up to the majors, he made a deal with his mom that if he won 10 games that season, she would have to quit smoking. On July 23, 2001 he won his 10th game, and his mom quit smoking. She hasn?t gone back since.
CC, which stands for Carsten Charles, was named after his father. The younger Sabathia prefers it spelled CC rather than C.C. Sabathia’sparents split at the age of 13. Sabathia wouldn't see his father again until he turned 18. Five years later, his father passed away.
Sabathia may look calm on the mound now, but that wasn’t always the case. As a child, his mother once sent him home during a playoff game after he lost his temper with the umpire. After the embarrassing episode, he learned to control his emotions.
Before Sabathia was drafted by the Cleveland Indians 20th overall in 1998, he had signed a letter of intent to play football at the University of Hawaii as a tight end.
Since winning the Cy Young Award in 2007, Sabathia hasn’t placed lower than fifth in the voting. One of the contributing factors is his history as a workhorse; he has never thrown less than 180.1 innings in a season, with a career high of 253 innings pitched in 2008 with the Indians and Brewers.
The hefty lefty might be the most famous CC, but three of Sabathia’s four children also have the initials CC: Carsten Charles III, Carter Charles and Cyia Cathleen.
Prior to the 2011 season, Sabathia lost 25 pounds by no longer eating a box of Cap’n Crunch a day. He was listed at 315 pounds in 2010, and 290 pounds in 2011.
Ranked 13th in Sporting News' 2010 list of the 50 greatest players in baseball today. The list was compiled by a panel of 125 Hall of Famers, major award winners in baseball and other experts.