Report: ‘Weekend-long bender’ prompted CC Sabathia’s rehab trip
A weekend of excessive drinking led to CC Sabathia to announce he would not be joining his teammates in the postseason and instead will seek in-patient treatment for alcohol abuse, reports the New York Post.
Sources say that the New York Yankees pitcher realized he needed help during the team’s final regular season road trip in Baltimore last weekend, during which he spent a majority of time overindulging on booze in the team hotel.
“His drinking got really bad this weekend, and it put him in a really bad place,” a source close to the team told The Post. “He was afraid. He felt that if I don’t do this now and go into rehab, I don’t know what is going to happen.”
The purported bout with binge drinking began Friday, one day after the Yankees clinched a wild card spot with a win over the Boston Red Sox late Thursday evening.
The source indicated Sabathia looked “out of it” at Camden Yards Friday as the teams milled around the ballpark in a game that ultimately was rained out.
“He drank every day last week apart from the day he pitched,” reported the source. “The tipping point was Friday when he was at the stadium. He carried on drinking Saturday.”
Sabathia announced Monday he would immediately seek treatment at a 30-day rehab facility in Connecticut. The pitcher received the support of the organization for his decision, as both manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman praised him for admitting he needed help.
Sabathia on Monday also issued a post to Instagram in which he declared he is “trying to get my s- -t together.”
It’s unclear how long Sabatahia, a father of four, has been dealing with issues with alcohol. He pledged in a statement issued Monday that he wants and needs to get better.
“I want to take control of my disease, I want to be a better man, father and player,” the statement read.