When he's not dishing out takes on his podcast, former MLB star CC Sabathia can be found playing softball in New York's Central Park.
As outlined in an article published Thursday afternoon in Curbed, the six-time All-Star pitcher has joined a rec softball team — called the Warriors — with several of his friends.
"It was a running joke that once he retires he was gonna come join the squad, and then this year, he was like, 'I’m ready, let’s go,' " Warriors teammate Matt Siegel told Curbed.
Though the 40-year-old Sabathia, who retired from MLB following the 2019 season, is not pitching in this league that also splits time at Chelsea Park, his immense skills have understandably left teammates and opponents in awe. But he's also left an impression with his humility.
"I think everyone thought it was pretty cool that he was playing in a league with regular dudes," Nicola Torchia, a player for one of the Warriors’ opponents, told Curbed. "At the end of the game, usually the umps will ask you to bring the bases in to help them out, and he brought in first base. I thought that was nice."
CC Sabathia effortlessly hit this home run in a softball game 🤣 pic.twitter.com/cyqexR5PRo
CC Sabathia is playing in a New York City softball league (Photo: Chris Pedota, NorthJersey.com/USA TODAY Sports)
Said Warriors manager and founder Mike Lunetta: "He’s super-cool and down-to-earth. Doesn’t expect anything because of who he is. He just likes to laugh and hang out with everyone. But it’s also amazing being in someone like his presence. Being a huge baseball fan myself, and a huge Yankees fan, it’s awesome."
Sabathia reached the highest pinnacles of MLB during a brilliant career spent with Cleveland, the Milwaukee Brewers and the New York Yankees, racking up 251 victories and 3,093 strikeouts. He won the 2007 American League Cy Young Award and won a World Series with the Yankees in 2009.
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He's not playing under the bright lights of Yankee Stadium anymore, but in his two games with the Warriors so far, Sabathia seems to be enjoying his time as a first baseman and cleanup hitter.
"This is something I’ve been talking about doing for years," Sabathia told Curbed. "Playing softball in Central Park was like a bucket-list thing, and getting to do it with my buddies is even more fun."
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