CC Sabathia was asked his definition of being an ace after today’s game.
“The definition of an ace is just giving the team a chance to win every time out,” he said. “The guys feel like you have a chance to win every time you go out there. That’s what I try and do. I go out and give everything I have, leave it all out on the field.”
By that definition, Sabathia is truly an ace. The Yankees have won the last 11 games he has started. The left-hander is 9-0 with a 2.04 ERA in those games.
“He has been everything you can ask for and more,” Joe Girardi said. “From the way he’s pitched on the field, the way he right away in spring training came and brought the pitching staff together and the players together. … He is an ace.”
Think of the expectations heaped on Sabathia when he agreed to that mega-contract in December. Now consider what he has done. He is 19-7 with a 3.21 ERA and the Yankees are 7.5 games ahead of Boston and have the best record in baseball.
Not even the most demanding of fans — and let’s admit, you’re a demanding bunch — could have expected more.
And Sabathia has done all that on the field while being a true professional. He has been a good teammate, forged strong relationships within the organization and cheerfully participated in a series of community events. The Yankees couldn’t ask for a better representative of their interests. Heck, he’s even polite to the media.
Terry Francona marveled at Sabathia’s command after the game, calling it “amazing.” The Red Sox were literally shaking their heads when recounting how good he was.
Good luck to the Tigers and Twins as they fight it out in the Central. I know this much: The winner is going to have their hands full in Game 1 of the Division Series. CC Sabathia is doing man’s work this season and he’s not done yet.