You'll laugh and you'll cry through CC Sabathia's milestone-setting, emotional rollercoaster of a day
CC Sabathia had himself a day.
There are good days, like when you find a dollar on the street. And there are bad days, like when a taxi takes a sharp corner and splashes with you with a street puddle. But Sabathia had one of those days when you don't know how to feel -- you're happy, free, confused and lonely at the same time.
It started off really, really well. He'd notched five strikeouts through the first batter in the fifth inning of Sunday's Yankees-Angels matchup and was facing Johnny Giavotella at the plate. Sabathia fired a changeup and caught the Angels second baseman looking. It was the 2,500th strikeout of CC's career.
Sabathia would get Trout swinging to start the sixth, giving him seven strikeouts on the day and 2,501 in his career -- the most among active pitchers. Jubilation!
But a few batters later, Sabathia would have words with home-plate umpire Dan Bellino and find himself subsequently ejected.
… Along with his manager. Drat!
And so transpired Sabathia's Sunday, a rollercoaster of emotion. One minute, he was cruising to career milestones, the next he was making an early exit to the clubhouse.
The moral of the story: We all have days like Sabathia's. It just means he'll have to wait until next time for strikeout No. 2,502.