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#pounditTuesday, January 25, 2022

CC Sabathia’s sobriety plan is to go out with teammates


CC Sabathia has an interesting strategy to stay sober: go out with his teammates as much as possible.

Sabathia explained to reporters on Friday that he feels spending time out with his teammates is the best way to maintain his sobriety.

“That’s something I kind of got away from the past couple of years,” Sabathia said, via Brendan Kuty of “Just kind of shutting myself into my hotel room and doing my deed. I’ll be out with my teammates, hanging out with the guys in the same role when I first got here, very social.”

Sabathia recognizes that this is unconventional, but different strategies work for different people.

“It’s different strokes for different folks I guess,” Sabathia said. “Some people cut that out entirely. I was always — that’s why I think it was so shocking to some of the people that I was always able to do what I wanted, go to concerts or do different things and not pick up a drink. Once I got by myself away, that’s when I would drink. I think it’s easy for me to be out in those social settings, hanging out with my friends, not worried about what they’re doing. It’s more how I feel about it.”

Not every person’s addiction issue is the same, so if this is what works for Sabathia, more power to him, and hopefully it proves successful. He’s been optimistic about his progress after how his season ended and how severe the problems apparently were.


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