CC Sabathia goes scorched earth on Astros over sign-stealing scandal
CC Sabathia has not held back his anger this week while reacting to the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, and the recently retired pitcher took it to another level by profanely going scorched earth on the disgraced organization Thursday on his podcast.
Sabathia started his takedown of the Astros in the wake of Monday’s release of MLB’s bombshell report on the Astros earlier this week by suggesting his 2017 New York Yankees squad was “cheated” out of the AL pennant because of Houston’s sign-stealing methods.
That proved to be a mere precursor to the vitriol Sabathia was about to unleash upon the Astros on his R2C2 podcast.
“F—ing ’17, we should have won the World Series,’’ Sabathia said, as transcribed by the New York Post. “I don’t care what nobody says. And now that this happened, nobody can ever f—ing tell me that we wasn’t gonna win it. We should have won! There’s no way you can tell me we weren’t better than them. I don’t give a f–k what nobody says.”
Sabathia said he “felt that s–t” and “f—ing cried like a baby” after the Yankees were eliminated in the 2017 ALCS in seven games. He then made note of how the Astros won all four games at Minute Maid Park, where the team employed a technologically sophisticated system to steal signs.
“They couldn’t beat us here [at Yankee Stadium],” Sabathia said. “The games there were so close. One run, one hit, one f—ing sign! We had magic, and they stole that s–t from us.”
Sabathia made no bones about how the Yankees would have wound up as champions in 2017, saying that the team would have “whooped the Dodgers’ ass” in the World Series.
The longtime Yankees pitcher — who is now a special adviser to GM Brian Cashman — is the only Bronx Bomber who has weighed in on the Astros’ scandal in such a public manner.
The others took a more subtle approach, including one who deleted a social media dispatch to react and another who felt “vindicated” by MLB’s findings.