CC Sabathia, the former pitching legend, posted a hilarious family holiday card on Twitter today. The entire Sabathia family had Chia Pet plants growing in place of their hair. The card read “SabatChia Pet: Watch us grow,” along with pictures of each member of the family.
CC Sabathia and his wife, Amber, have four children, all of whom were pictured in the card. Carsten, or “Lil C,” is the oldest child at 17 years old. He currently attends high school as a junior. Jaden is also in high school as a freshman at 15 years old. Cyia and Carter, 12 and 10 have not yet graduated from lower school.
CC Sabathia Career
CC Sabathia played Major League Baseball for 19 seasons as a left-handed pitcher. He started his career in 2001 with the Cleveland Indians, coming in second for Rookie of the Year in his first season.
Starting as a fastball pitcher, Sabathia played his first seven and a half seasons with the Indians. In 2007, his most successful year with the Indians, Sabathia won the Cy Young Award. He also led the Indians to an American League Central divisional title along with their first playoff berth since he joined the team.
In 2008, the Cleveland Indians traded CC Sabathia to the Milwaukee Brewers in the middle of the season. Once he arrived in Milwaukee, Sabathia immediately affected the team and helped them make it to the playoffs for the first time in 26 years.
A Legend in Pinstripes
His success in the first 8 seasons of his career earned him the fattest contract for a pitcher ever at the time. He signed a seven-year $131 million contract with the New York Yankees where he threw for the rest of his career.
Sabathia found the same success in New York as he had on each of his prior teams. In his first two years with the Bronx Bombers, Sabathia led all of the MLB in wins. He also led the Yankees to a world series victory in 2009, winning the AL Championship MVP along the way.
Unfortunately, CC Sabathia fell into the same problem most young stars fall into after being handed enough money to last a lifetime before the age of 30. Some trouble with alcoholism and constant knee issues caused him to fall from the top of the league.
However, late in his career, CC Sabathia reinvented himself as a pitcher, focusing more on accuracy than velocity. While lower body injuries continued to plague his seasons, he returned to winning form in 2017 with a 14-5 record. He pitched for two more seasons and retired after the 2019 season.