CC Sabathia has been around so long he's pitching to sons of hitters he's faced and he's done with it
CC Sabathia made his debut all the way back in 2001 -- the year Busta Rhymes said the world would end, the year the original iPod debuted, the same month this was a popular song.
It was a long time ago. Crazy Town is still somehow together and called Crazy Town X, there's still a world we live in and CC is 38 years old. He has 251 wins and a very cool podcast (a medium that didn't even exist until three years into his big league career).
So, as you may have guessed, he's faced many, many hitters during these last 19 seasons. Including, amazingly, the sons of hitters he pitched against during his earlier days. And, as he told reporters after Tuesday's game against Vlad Guerrero Jr. and the Blue Jays, he's done with it.
“When I’m facing Cavan Biggio and Vlad Jr., it’s time for me to go home.” - @CC_Sabathia— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) June 25, 2019
Vlad Jr. and Cavan are the sons of Hall of Famers Craig Biggio and Vlad Guerrero. Sabathia gave up two hits to Vlad Jr., but owned Vlad Sr. -- giving up just seven hits and a homer in 37 chances against him. He also held Cavan hitless in three at-bats last night, and actually never faced Craig since they were in different leagues. Let's check on some of the other CC vs. father/son matchups.
Delino DeShields (first batter CC ever faced): 3 hits in 13 plate appearances; Delino DeShields Jr: 0 hits in 3 plate appearances
Raul Mondesi: 2 hits, 1 home run in 18 plate appearances; Adalberto Mondesi: 1 hit in 3 plate appearances
Eric Young: 1 hit in 9 plate appearances; Eric Young Jr: 1 hit in 7 plate appearances
CC may be ready to go home -- and has announced he's retiring at the end of the season -- but just looking at these numbers, he could probably keep going and strike out some MLB grandchildren, too.
Matt Monagan writes at night for Cut4. In his spare time, he travels and searches Twitter for Wily Mo Pena news.