CC Sabathia was one of the greats on the mound from 2001-2019.
When he came up with the Cleveland Guardians, then known as the Indians, he became their ace.
He helped them go all the way to the ALCS in 2007 and also won the American League Cy Young Award.
Today, Sabathia turns 42 years old.
Sabathia pitched eight seasons with the team before being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers at the trade deadline in 2008.
On Twitter, the Guardians wished Sabathia a Happy Birthday and posted a graphic celebrating the left-hander’s big day.
They also expressed their excitement to see their former ace again at their golf outing on August 18.
Happy birthday to one of the greats, @CC_Sabathia.
We'll see you at our golf outing on August 18th. 🏌️♂️ pic.twitter.com/g5aPayLGh5
— Cleveland Guardians (@CleGuardians) July 21, 2022
Happy Birthday, CC
Sabathia was always a steady pitcher on the mound and could always be relied upon when he was needed the most, especially after losses.
After being traded to the Brewers, Sabathia became a free agent and signed with the New York Yankees, where he would pitch the remainder of his career.
But Sabathia is a Guardians legend and was a part of one of their best teams back in 2007.
Over his eight seasons in Cleveland, Sabathia went 106-71 with a 3.83 ERA.
Over his entire career, Sabathia went 251-161 and posted a lifetime ERA of 3.74.
He was the true definition of an ace who could always be relied upon in big games.
He was a home-grown talent in Cleveland and was a major part of the team’s history and success during the 2000s decade.
It’s good to see the Guardians pay homage to their former ace.
One thing Sabathia always had with him was that competitive fire and desire to go out there and dominate day in and day out.
That’s what fans will always remember about him, aside from being one of the most dominant lefties in the game.