Elite sport is full of moments of glory that raise their stars to the altars, but there is also another face, that of the descent into the hells of idols.
It is the case of the baseball player CC Sabathia, whose story has been brought to HBO television with the documentary ‘Under the grapefruit: The CC Sabathia Story’, in which the protagonist opens the channel to share the additions with which he lived while savoring the honeys of glory.
His story is marked by a harsh childhood after the abandonment suffered by his father, addicted to drugs, who left home when he was just 13 years old.
A few years later he returned to his life, but died of stomach cancer in 2002 after also becoming infected with HIV.
His mother, Margie, had to raise the family after their divorce, becoming, together with his grandmother, the great pillar of Sabathia’s sports career.
It was precisely at his grandmother’s house that he started out in baseball, throwing the grapefruits that he took from the tree that was in that garden.
There, the potential that he treasured began to be seen and that led him in 2001 to achieve his dream of playing in the MLB, specifically in the Cleveland Indians, where he remained until 2007.
In 2008 he signed for the Milwaukee Brewers, a step prior to his arrival at the New York Yankees in 2009, a team with which he proclaimed champion of the World Series in his first year and in which he remained until his retirement at the end of 2019.
Along the way we find a story full of traumas and addictions that accompanied him on his rise to the Olympus of baseball.
And is that Sabathia was an alcoholic, something he tried to control so that it would not affect his athletic performance. Despite his efforts, in October 2015, he checked himself into an alcohol treatment center, following a weekend in which he had gotten drunk at the hotel while his team was on tour in Baltimore.
“I love baseball and I love my teammates as brothers,” and I am also fully aware that I am leaving at a time when we should all come together to give one last push to the World Series. It hurts me deeply to do this now, but I owe it to myself and my family to do me good. I want to take control of my illness and I want to be a better man, father and playerSabathia explained then in a statement.
After that episode he managed to redirect his career, but in December 2018, after suffering breathing problems and other symptoms, Sabathia underwent cardiac catheterization and was found to have a blocked coronary artery.
The intervention was a success and he was able to return to competition to face what would be his last season in 2019. On October 21 of that year, Sabathia officially announced his retirement from baseball. with the following message on your twitter account.
“It all started in Vallejo, CA, in my grandmother’s backyard throwing oranges onto a folding chair. I could never have imagined how much this sport has meant to me since then.. Through the ups and downs, baseball has always been my home. From Cleveland, to Milwaukee, New York and all the places in between, I am so grateful to have experienced this journey with all the companions past and present. I always wanted to be a great teammate and win. I am very proud of this year’s team, we fought to the end. I love you guys! I’m going to miss getting out on the mound and racing, but it’s time to say goodbye. Thanks, baseball” wrote.
Married since 2003 to his wife Amber, with whom he has four children: Carsten Charles III (17 years old), Jaeden Arie (15), Cyia (12) and Carter (10), CC Sabathia is now experiencing a moment of spiritual peace that has allowed him to stand in front of a camera and remove all the demons that have tormented him and that have led him to be what he is today.