Until last season, CC Sabathia had never been a 20-win pitcher. He’d been a Cy Young winner and a World Series champion, but he’d never reached the 20-win milestone.
Now that he’s one win away from doing it again, Sabathia seems … indifferent.
“I don’t think it’s that big of a deal,” he said. “It’s a cool thing to have and to think about when I’m done playing, but right now I’m in the middle of it so I just want to keep going out and helping us win.”
As I’m sure you’ve been told a hundred times, a win is a fairly meaningless statistic, but getting 20 of them in a season still means something. It’s easy to have a bad game and get one win, but it’s awfully hard to have a bad season and win 20.
“I’m sure it’s important for him,” Joe Girardi said. “It’s a special mark. It’s not something that’s easy to do. It’s important to him and it’s also important to us because of what we’re trying to accomplish.”
Big picture, the significance of No. 20 would be that it’s a win at all.
“Hopefully one day it means something to me,” Sabathia said.
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