Tonight at 10 ET, HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel returns with a profile of Yankees ace CC Sabathia. Here’s a description of the segment from HBO.
Standing as tall as the skyscrapers of New York City, six foot seven Yankees ace CC Sabathia is one of the game’s most intimidating figures on the mound, but an introspective person off the field. The hard-throwing southpaw is on track to win his second Cy Young Award, and perhaps his second World Series championship ring. Most everybody who follows the game knows something about the hurler, who previously played in Cleveland and Milwaukee, but not much is known about the 30-year-old husband and father of four away from the diamond.
He’s a son who was able to forgive his late father’s unfortunate past and unexplained absence in order to cherish their final years while his dad battled HIV and terminal cancer. REAL SPORTS correspondent Jon Frankel goes one-on-one with the Vallejo, Cal. native to find out more about this quiet family man and his voyage to the bright lights of the Big Apple.
Interviews include CC’s wife, Amber, and his mom, Margie Sabathia, who played fast-pitch softball and used to put on the gear and catch her son in their California backyard until he was about 12. Says Margie after a few fireballs from her young boy caught her in the palm of her glove-hand: “Dude, I’m done. Mom’s done. I cannot catch you anymore. You’re past me.”
These days Margie Sabathia watches CC’s games on television or from the stands, though she has another preferred location in mind: “Game day, if I am home, I don’t even drive because I don’t want to hurt anyone cause I’m nervous. Up until the eighth inning I’m nervous.”
Jon Frankel: “If you had a preference, where would you like to be (seated)?”
Margie Sabathia: “My idea would be in the dugout. I wouldn’t bother anybody, just a little spot for the parents to sit in the dugout. Right there. I would love it.”