"Waking up, I didn't sleep that good", Sabathia said.
For all the scripting that he'd done to commemorate his final major-league season, for all the tributes, ceremonies, video messages and retirement gifts, the end of Sabathia's days as a pitcher was as unforgiving as it was organic. "It's pretty sore and the pain has been pretty intense since that pitch".
The 17th pitcher in Major League Baseball history with over 3,000 strikeouts - and only the third left-hander to do so, Sabathia's 251 wins, career 3.74 ERA and 2007 Cy Young Award will likely see him enter the hallowed halls of Cooperstown in five years.
Sabathia said he was hurt on a 92 miles per hour cutter that Aledmys Díaz popped up.
And although Sabathia threw a test pitch, the 2009 World Series champion was forced to head to the dugout - tears in his eyes.
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CC Sabathia was trying to prove he could stay in the game with a trainer and Aaron Boone watching from behind the mound, and what was left of the 49,067 tried to will it from their spots in the stands. "Even though it's sad to see him walking out, there's something kind of awesome about it in a weird way, too".
Yankees fans gave C.C. Sabathia one last standing ovation as he left the field for what is likely to be his final time as a professional.
The Yankees had to leave Sabathia off their ALDS roster against the Twins, but his shoulder improved enough to be on the ALCS roster.
"Every single time he went out there, you had to rip the ball or his jersey off to get him off that mound", Yankees slugger Aaron Judge said. He got everything out of that arm.
"It stinks", reliever Zack Britton said. "Man, that's a warrior right there". "It's heartbreaking to watch him leave the field like that". "I know how much pain he was in".