As I watched CC Sabathia strike out 13 Milwaukee Brewers in yesterday's 5-0 Yankee win, I couldn't help thinking back to late Summer 2008 when Sabathia was a Brewer. He had a monumental half season for them, going 11-2, throwing an insane amount of pitches and pitching on three days' rest in his final three starts, catapulting Milwaukee into the playoffs.
The man was an absolute beast. Then, the beast became a free agent and I became afraid.
I didn't want the Yankees to sign CC Sabathia. I was dead-set against it. Here is what I wrote on this blog on November 4, 2008:
[The Brewers] squeezed every bit of juice out of him in 2008 and will toss his rind to that big-market team whose mouth is watering the most. My big fear is that it will be the New York Yankees.
Since he was traded to Milwaukee before the trade deadline, the Brewers have treated CC Sabathia like a machine. A pitching machine. I know he's a big, strong guy, but it's my opinion that he threw way too many pitches for the Brewers this year, and it'll come back to haunt whatever team that eventually signs him. He'll get injured middle-way through the season or will just get tired and won't be effective, all because the Brewers were selfish enough to use him and throw him onto the scrap heap for some greedy, money-flashing team to grab up.
I ended my post with:
I have one message to the New York Yankees: Stay away from CC Sabathia. He's nothing but an injury waiting to happen.
Well, as of today, July 1, 2011, that injury is still waiting. Sabathia has been nothing short of a stud since 2009 and shows no signs of slacking off. It took me two years, but today, I can smile, hold my head up high and proudly say: I was wrong about CC Sabathia.
And for my next trick...I predict CC Sabathia will opt out of his contract, but he will remain a Yankee for the rest of his career. Here's to you, big fella.