The CC Sabathia Story

19/1 · Por HBO · Reading 2 min.

Discover the fascinating story of CC Sabathia, the baseball player known for his role as the pitcher for the New York Yankees.

Under the Grapefruit Tree: The CC Sabathia Story. A sports documentary

HBO presents a documentary on the famous MLB pitcher Carsten Charles Sabathia, better known as CC Sabathia. The film begins with Sabathia's final season with the New York Yankees in 2019. It is narrated by the man himself, who recounts a fascinating and moving tale of both overcoming adversity and the struggle against the darkness of the soul.

Sabathia began his professional career in 2001 with the Cleveland Indians, remaining with the team until 2007. That year he won the Cy Young Award, given to the best major league pitchers for that season. Then in 2008, the moved to the Milwaukee Brewers. With him on the team, they reached the playoffs for the first time in twenty-six years. Also in 2008, he signed a seven-year contract with the New York Yankees for no less than $161 million (the largest contract ever signed by a pitcher at the time).

But beyond all the success, the player had some truly tough years, battling alcoholism (by his own account, he had been drinking since the age of 14), anxiety, anger management, health problems related to his heart, and what was shaping up to be the destruction of his family. At one point in the documentary, Sabathia states: “To this day, I don't think people realize how close I came to losing everything.” In fact, on one occasion, he couldn't even take the field, he was that drunk.

The documentary takes its name from a lovely image: a grapefruit tree in his grandmother's back yard in Vallejo, California. That was where, with the fruit of that tree, his baseball adventure began. Because he had no ball, the young Sabathia would practice using grapefruit.

Don't miss Under the Grapefruit Tree: The CC Sabathia Story January 26th on HBO and HBO GO.

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