CC Sabathia walked off the mound Thursday night for what was in all likelihood the final time after departing with a left shoulder injury.
Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman also weighed in on Twitter, crediting Sabathia not just for his baseball career, but for "being a positive role model in society. Off the field especially."
CC you forever a legend my dawg. Thank you for being a positive role model in society. Off the field especially. The impact and lives you've changed mean more than anything. May your future bring you nothing but happiness, peace, and joy! @CC_Sabathia #HOF https://t.co/1NQ75tg2Lk- Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) October 18, 2019
Stroman and Sabathia were AL East rivals from 2014 until this season, when the Mets acquired him from the Blue Jays in July.
Current Mets infielder Robinson Cano was Sabathia's Yankee teammate for five seasons from 2009-2013 and described Sabathia in terms likely to be echoed through out baseball, as a "leader and warrior."
Doc Gooden, another former Met and Yankee, knows a bit about pitching in the bright lights of New York and expects the left-hander to be Cooperstown-bound.