Even as he is beginning the new spring season with the MLB, New York Yankee CC Sabathia seems not only focused on retrieving his range of motion, after his October 2012 elbow surgery but, also on supporting The Pitcch In Foundation. In a description on his Google Hangout, Sabathia is fondly noted as bringing the heart of a champion every time he takes the mound, “to go along with his flame throwing left arm. Standing at 6’7” with his trademark hat cocked slightly to the side, CC’s imposing presence on the mound belies a gentle giant, a man of family, faith and philanthropy, off the field.”
Some need a mentor who has overcome true struggles and adversity to look up to in order to find the parallel strength to achieve in their own circumstance. This spring training the strength of character of CC is on display. Nerves, expectations, and recovering from surgery are on display in the NY Yankee bull pen this spring.
“I got a little nervous when I first got up there, just because it’s the first time doing it,” Sabathia said. “I hadn’t been up there and didn’t know how I was going to feel. I immediately felt good and felt comfortable after the first couple of pitches.”
Sabathia joked that he “probably didn’t throw a strike” in the session, which included several bounced fastballs and changeups, but said that lack of command is normal for this point in the spring.
“[It takes a] couple of bullpens, two or three, before I’m starting to feel a lot better with the delivery and making sure I’m doing everything to keep the ball down,” Sabathia said.
Achieving in the face of adversity is a habit for Sabathia. Struggling as a child is what motivated Sabathia to start The Pitcch In Foundation(@PitCChInFdn) with his wife, Amber Sabathia, whose mission is to enrich the lives of inner city youth. So, in addition to intense spring training focus, Sabathia, is also acting as an advocate for urban youth. “CC and I are both from the inner city,” Amber said. “Growing up, we felt there was that one special person who made a positive influence in our lives. We hope that we can be that one positive person in other people’s lives. We were given a gift and an opportunity to give back and to try to touch someone’s life and to make a difference. That’s why we started the PitCCh In Foundation.”
Dedicated to his roots and to keeping The Pitcch In Foundation in the spotlight, CC is making himself available to the public to answer questions about his projects on and off the field. YOU can come hang out with CC, on Thursday, February 21 from 4:00 to 4:30pm EST.
Described by The Pitcch In Foundation as a, “unique opportunity to meet CC and get to know him in a real and personal way. The event will be broadcast live and will be accessible via YouTube.
Val Fulton, Producer at EPA Entertainment & Principal at La Chat Belle