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Kidsday interviews CC Sabathia

New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia with Kidsday

New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia with Kidsday reporters Joseph Babi, Courtney DellaRocca and Evan Lau, all from Hauppauge Pines Elementary School in Smithtown, at the Sony Store in Manhattan. CC was at the press event for the new video game MLB 12 The Show. (Feb. 16, 2012) Credit: Newsday/Pat Mullooly

We recently interviewed New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia.

Have you always been a New York fan all your life?

I grew up in California, so I'm an Oakland Raider fan. Don't tell anybody, but I'm a Laker fan. But I was rooting for the Knicks the other night.

When you were a free agent, why did you choose to be on the Yankees?

It was an easy choice, honestly. New York is fun to play in, you have a chance to win the World Series every year. So it made it a lot easier to make a decision.

What do you do in your free time?

Play video games. Hang out with my family. We do a lot of different stuff. I like to bowl and go fishing.

Were you successful in things other than baseball, such as academics?

Yes. My mom was tough on me about school, so if I didn't have a 3.5 or higher in grades I couldn't play any sports. So if I wasn't playing football, basketball or baseball, I was in my house doing schoolwork.

What is your favorite pitch to pitch?

My favorite pitch, fastball. Number one.

Who was your favorite baseball player when you were young?

I had two. Dave Stewart and Ken Griffey Jr. Those were my two favorite players.

Your uniform number is 52. Does that have to do with something in your life like a lucky number?

It was the number when I first got to Cleveland. It was the number that they gave me. So I just stuck with it, I liked it. Nobody else has 52. So it was kind of unique.

Who was your hardest batter to pitch against?

David Eckstein. Do you know who that is? He kills me. He gets home runs all the time.

Are you ambidextrous?

You know, I can't do anything sports-wise right-handed, but I write right-handed. I guess I kick the ball right-footed.

What are your favorite and least favorite stadiums to pitch at besides Yankee Stadium?

My favorite stadium is Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. It's got the waterfalls. It's a great place to play. My least favorite -- I don't know if I have a least favorite. They're all pretty cool. I'm just lucky I get a chance to play in them.

If you weren't a baseball player, what would you want to be instead?

I wanted to be a teacher in my high school. Maybe a coach. I want to be a coach some day. Get a chance to coach one of my kids. I think that would be a lot of fun.

What is your favorite food?

Pizza.

Have you always had your hopes pointed to being a professional baseball player when you were a kid?

I did. My dad took me to A's games. So I enjoyed being at the ballpark. It was something I wanted to do when I got older.

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