New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia wasn’t a member of the American League All-Star team on Tuesday night, but he was very much a part of the night.
Sabathia, the winningest left-handed pitcher in American League history, was honored before the game — and at the very end — as this is his final season before he retires.
He spent the first eight years of his career in Cleveland, so it was fitting that the Indians honored him in the game at Progressive Field.
Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws the ceremonial first pitch to Indians legend Sandy Alomar Jr to start off the All-Star Game! #AllStarGame https://t.co/60HOS1s0Gy
And then at the end of the game, Sabathia got one last chance to get a celebration, courtesy of Red Sox manager Alex Cora:
After a mound visit, the All-Star crowd gave @Yankees Pitcher CC Sabathia a loud ovation as he returned to the dugout. https://t.co/A7WjrPnHDJ
Sabathia is in the middle of his 19th season in Major League Baseball, and he’s 5-4 with 4.03 ERA this year.