The more details emerge from the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, the angrier CC Sabathia gets. The retired southpaw let loose in a recent podcast, spewing a series of curses.
The cheating saga from the 2017 postseason, when the Astros beat the Yankees in a seven-game ALCS, has tainted their World Series crown to him.
“Forever in my mind now, in ’17, we won the World Series. I don’t give a F what nobody says. Period,” Sabathia said on the “R2C2” podcast, which he co-hosts with Ryan Ruocco.
There have been far-reaching consequences in the days following the release of baseball’s investigation into the Astros, which confirmed the team was using a live video feed and players banging on a trash can to relay to teammates what kind of pitch was coming. Manager AJ Hinch GM Jeff Luhnow were suspended for one year by MLB and then fired by the Astros. The Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora, who was a bench coach on that 2017 Astros team. And the Mets parted ways with manager Carlos Beltran, a designated hitter with the Astros who was the only player named in the report released by MLB. The Astros were also fined $5 million and forfeited first- and second-round picks in 2020 and 2021.
Sabathia said in his first comments on the matter that the Yankees were “cheated,” but on the podcast he let the expletives fly.
“[F—ing] ’17, we should have won the World Series,” Sabathia, who was just hired as a Yankees special adviser after retiring, said in comments transcribed by NJ.com. “I don’t care what nobody says. We should have won the World Series. And now that this happened, nobody can ever (f—ing) tell me that we weren’t going to win it. We should have won.”
Sabathia and the Yankees won all three games played in the Bronx in that 2017 ALCS, but lost four in Houston. Sabathia started Game 7, giving up one run in 3 1/3 innings in the 4-0 defeat.
“There’s no way that you can tell me that we weren’t better than them. I don’t give a (f—) what nobody says. I (f—ing) felt that (sh–). I (f—ing) cried like a baby. We all felt that (bleep). So it ain’t no way that you can ever tell me. Forever in my mind now, in ’17, we won the World Series. I don’t give a (f—) what nobody says. Period. Period. They couldn’t beat us [at home]. Bro, the whole (sh–), cuz. The way the whole (sh–) went down, now, looking back at it, (f—) that.”