The last time the Yanks played the Rays, there was a ton of bad blood. After Rays pitcher Yonny Chirinos drilled Luke Voit in the shoulder, Sabathia was seen yelling from the visiting team dugout.
Throw the fucking ball over the plate pic.twitter.com/j6XJdrdGyj
— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) May 11, 2019
He was pulled from the game, so he didn’t get a chance to exact revenge.
Eight months later the stage was set for Sabathia’s start against the Rays on Friday night in the Bronx.
He tried to plunk a Rays batter, but missed.
Sabathia came quite inside with a fastball that Rays DH Austin Meadows had to maneuver to avoid, then was caught by TV cameras as he walked toward the dugout yelling:
“I definitely was trying to hit his a–.”
And let everyone know about it.
“I was definitely trying to hit his ass” pic.twitter.com/ILgqq8xjcf
— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) May 18, 2019
Meadows said he didn’t think at the time it was intentional, but when showed the video clip by a reporter after the game had a different perspective.
“Honestly in the moment, I didn’t think anything of it,” Meadows said. “But now seeing that afterwards, obviously he was trying to (hit me). … You know CC, he’s been around a long time. He’s a competitor. He obviously wanted to take a shot there, but it is what it is. Obviously we had a beef back and forth. It’s part of the game honestly. Luckily I didn’t get hit. But it is what it is.”
Sabathia worked another inning, and seemed to be yelling into the Rays dugout when he was leaving the mound in the sixth, though Rays manager Kevin Cash said he didn’t notice.
“CC’s always got a little bit of an edge,” manager Aaron Boone said after the game. “He gets between the lines, he’s an awesome competitor.”
Sabathia himself was even more circumspect.
He claimed to not remember what he shouted on the field. “Just excited about the game,” he said. “You know, we’re playing for first place.”
CC is an animal.
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