Since the Indians traded CC Sabathia to the Brewers, he has been outstanding. In five starts with Milwaukee, Sabathia is 4-0 with a 1.86 ERA and has pitched nearly 8 innings per start. He has to be happy to be on a contender, but he wanted to let Cleveland fans and the Indians organization know that he appreciated all their support., so he took out a full page ad in the Cleveland Plain Dealer to express these sentiments:
To the great fans of Cleveland, my fellow teammates and coaches, the Cleveland Indians executive front office, the Dolan family, the City of Cleveland ... Thank you for ten great years
You've touched our lives with your kindness, love, and generosity. We are forever greatful! It's been a privilege and an honor!
CC and Amber Sabathia and Family
Sabathia had spent his entire career in Cleveland, compiling a record of 106-71. He's never made any trade demands and has simply done his job on the mound. One of the only criticisms of Sabathia has been about his weight. CC weighs close to 300 lbs, but Sabathia also knows how to take a joke. Big League Stew recently interviewed Sabathia and asked if he had read The Onion article about him imagining Prince Fielder as a hamburger:
Q: OK [scrambling]. I think the headline went something like, 'CC Sabathia, Prince Fielder Keep Imagining Each Other As Giant Hamburger, Hot Dog, Respectively.'
CC: Ha! That's good! I mean, we're big guys and always going to be big guys. Nothing really offends me and I'm not really bothered by it. You take it in stride and laugh if it's funny.
Q: When you look at Ryan Braun, what food comes to mind?
CC: Food-wise [laughs]. Gosh. Braun, probably, a steak. He's got a lot of ribbies — ribeyes, RBIs (178 in his first 217 career games) — so, I guess, a medium-rare steak
If only more athletes were like this. But then I suppose we wouldn't get former players threatening bloggers.