Retirement hasn’t dissuaded CC Sabathia from holding a grudge against the Houston Astros for their 2017 sign-stealing scheme.
The former Yankees ace offered up some verbal high heat to Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, who mocked the team’s detractors after helping eliminate the Minnesota Twins in the wild-card round of the AL playoffs.
“I know a lot of people are mad. I know a lot of people don’t want to see us here, but what are they going to say now,” Correa told reporters.
Sabathia, currently listed as a special adviser to Yankees GM Brain Cashman, dubbed Correa “a clown” on his most-recent “R2C2” podcast with Ryan Ruocco.
“They cheated and then they’re mad at us. Like get the f–k out of here,” Sabathia said with a laugh. “It’s a f–king joke. And then you finish under .500 this year. Like, shut the f–k up … The kid’s a clown, I’m sorry.”
Sabathia was a member of the Yankees’ squad that lost to Houston in seven games in the 2017 ALCS and again last October when the Astros ousted the Bombers in six games in the same round.
An MLB investigation last winter revealed the Astros had swiped signs electronically in 2017, relaying pitches to their batters by banging a trash can. No players were disciplined, but Houston GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch were fired. Former bench coach Alex Cora and retired player Carlos Beltran also lost their jobs as managers of the Boston Red Sox and the Mets, respectively, for their parts in the scandal.
Sabathia did add that he has great respect for current Houston manager Dusty Baker, whose team will face the Oakland A’s in the other AL Division Series.
“He’s like a big uncle, so that’s my guy,” Sabathia said of Baker. “So for him to be managing, I’m happy that he was able to win another playoff series. Shows how great of a manager he is. But man, f—k them dudes, man.”
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