During the final week of the MLB season, starting Pitcher CC Sabathia announced the need to take an immediate leave from the New York Yankees so that he could go to rehab and seek treatment for alcohol abuse. For the most part, there was immediate support from teammates, sports anchors, and other competitors. These well wishes are definitely something Sabathia can take to heart with him as he seeks to kick his chemical abuse problems and better himself. Personally, I wish him the best of luck and more importantly I hope that he's doing this for himself before doing it for his family, his team, or anyone else.
Addiction is something that can only be ended when someone is willing to make the necessary changes for themselves and no one else. While it's noble for people to say they want to get better for their family or friends, the fact of the matter is handling addiction is something that people have to be selfish about. Statistics say that most addicts relapse several times before actually actually staying sober, and many times the relapse occurs because the person isn't getting rehab for themselves, but for others. To fight addiction, one has to be sick and tired of being sick and tired. They have to finally be ready to kick it when the time is right for them. But as I stop myself from going on a tangent about addiction, I want to address my real reason for writing this post. Shortly after Sabathia decided to take this leave of absence just as the Yankees were going on a final push to try and make the playoffs, I saw several folks in social media talk about how selfish he was for leaving the team at such a pivotal time in the season.
Really?! Selfish?! Well, how selfish and heartless does one have to be to feel that a grown man owes a team or a fan base more than he owes himself and his family, especially when it come to health, well being, and livelihood? What if CC doesn't get help at the moment he decided to and goes several more days not facing his issues when the Yankees aren't even guaranteed to make the playoffs? (The Yankees lost the play in game by the way, so those fans who complained, have an invalid point about Sabathia being selfish seeing as how the team didn't make the playoffs. This effectively nullifies his opporutnity to pitch anyway). But let's ask other questions, such as what happens if Sabathia doesn't get the help he needs and drives under the influence and kills himself or someone else? What happens if Sabathia doesn't get the help he needs and it hinders the team, or his problems become more severe?
Either way, the Yankees as an organization would go on without a hiccup and so would these so called fans that complained about him leaving. Ultimately Sabathia was selfish, and I applaud him for it. He was selfish for the right reasons which were to get better so that he is sober for himself, his family, his friends, and last in that line should be the organization. The fans that complained about him leaving are selfish as well. Selfish in a pitiful way, selfish in a way that should make people sick to their stomachs and selfish in a way that says they are the worst type of fans and individuals who have bigger character or personal issues than Sabathia does or ever had.
Let this man go get healthy for himself without the added anxiety. He already has a tough road ahead and needs all the support he can get. What he doesn't need are people who have lost all sense of compassion, reality, purpose, and humanity commenting on what he should do with his life and decision making. Because clearly, Sabathia is already showing that his decision making as an addict is a lot better than their decision making as a sober person. Keep fighting CC Sabathia, and get better brother!