CC's second celebrity softball game a big hit

Team Strahan tops Team Sabathia in event benefiting PitCCh In and New York Yankees foundations

May 17th, 2019

NEW YORK -- Yankees left-hander is all about giving back to the community, and he did just that on Thursday evening, when he hosted his second celebrity softball game at Yankee Stadium. All proceeds from the event benefit the PitCCh In and New York Yankees foundations.

The PitCCh In Foundation hosts multiple initiatives throughout the year in the New York tri-state area and Sabathia’s hometown, Vallejo, Calif., to enrich the lives of inner-city children through education and athletics. The New York Yankees Foundation is committed to dedicating resources to support, develop and implement initiatives that provide area youth with access to positive educational, recreational and social outlets.

“People want to come for a good cause. It’s fun to have people support what you are passionate about,” said Sabathia, who came up with the idea of a softball game after watching MTV’s Rock N' Jock series in the early 1990s.

Former Yankees first baseman Tino Martinez and rapper Fat Joe were glad to participate.

“I’m very excited to be here. I called [the Sabathias] and said I would like to participate, because I’ve seen and read over the years what CC has done in New York and his hometown,” Martinez said. “I want to help out and do my part. It’s amazing what him and [his wife] Amber do.”

As far as the actual game was concerned, the team managed by NFL Hall of Famer Michael Strahan pounded the team managed by Sabathia, 8-2.

The game had its share of highlights. Charles Oakley, a bruiser on the basketball court in the 1980s and 1990s, knocked down first baseman Nick Mangold, the former Jets center, as he tried to reach first base. Amber Sabathia collected her first base hit, an infield single in the third inning.

Team Sabathia got off to a 2-0 lead, when former Yankees/Red Sox outfielder Johnny Damon hit a two-run homer. Damon was named Team Sabathia’s MVP.

It was all Team Strahan after that. Former Braves outfielder Andruw Jones hit a monster home run, a solo shot that went into the left-field seats. He was Team Strahan’s MVP.

Team Strahan then scored four unanswered runs; Giants wide receiver Evan Engram highlighted the scoring with a two-run double, and Carlos Beltran added a solo homer.

Although Sabathia is retiring after this season, he hopes to continue hosting the softball game at Yankee Stadium.

“Hopefully, the Yankees like it. The Steinbrenner family are really into it,” Sabathia said. “Maybe we will do it for Old-Timers' Day or something. I’ll be retired next year. It will be easy to get some of the older players to come out. Maybe we would do that.”

Added Amber Sabathia: “I would love to have it [at Yankee Stadium]. I love to see it keep going. If it’s not just our foundation -- there are a lot of guys on the team that have great foundations as well -- we are going to put the footprint down. … I would love to do it every year. If someone takes it on, too -- as long as it keeps going. It’s a great event for everybody.”