Sports is usually known as a cut throat business. Organizations usually try to cut payroll and save money everywhere they can. Which means the players who put in the blood, sweat and tears usually get screwed.
The New York Yankees are known by most as the Evil Empire. But, this week they should be known for their generosity.
C.C. Sabathia had an innings pitched bonus in his contract with the Yanks last season. If the veteran pitched 155 innings he would receive a $500,000 bonus.
In his last start the Bombers were blowing out the Rays. The game started getting heated with batters getting plunked. Sabathia was two innings away from his bonus but he felt being a good teammate meant more to him than money.
After the Rays threw at the head of Yank’s catcher Austin Romine, C.C. retaliated. He hit Jesus Sucre and was thrown out of the game. Missing his $500,000 bonus by 2 innings.
However, it came out on Monday the Yankees paid him his bonus anyway. A very nice gesture from the organization to a pitcher that helped them win their last World Series in 2009.
CBS Sports “We thought it was a very nice gesture by the Yankees,” Kyle Thousand, Sabathia’s agent, said to the Associated Press. “CC was very appreciative and is really excited to come back next year and, hopefully, win a championship.”
The Yankees even wanted this to go undetected by the media.
CBS Sports “It was something that we did very private and weren’t looking to publicize, and I’ll just leave it at that,” Brian Cashman, the Yankees GM, said.”
C.C. will be back in pinstripes in 2019 as a backend piece of the rotation to chase their 28th Championship.
-Kmess “That Guy”