The #LegaCCy Season: CC Sabathia to Host 52 Children from Boys & Girls Clubs of America at Yankee Games Across the Country Throughout Final MLB Season
(February 8, 2019) – To celebrate his 19th and final season, CC Sabathia will host 52 youth from local Boys & Girls Clubs at Yankee games in each American League city this season, as well as one National League series. Groups will be invited to the first game of the last away series with all American League opponents, as well as at Oracle Park in San Francisco on April 26th, as a nod to Sabathia’s Bay Area roots.
Growing up in Vallejo, Calif., the Boys & Girls Club offered Sabathia a safe place to go after school. The Club also provided him the opportunity to attend his first Major League Baseball game and to meet his hero, Oakland A’s pitcher Dave Stewart. To show his gratitude to the organization and mentor children much like his former self, Sabathia and his wife Amber partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, hosting a myriad of events throughout his career, such as holiday parties, baseball clinics and career panels.
“The Boys & Girls Club was a huge part of my life growing up and a major influence on where I am today,” said Sabathia. “So many people at the organization touched my life and I’m excited to have them be a part of my final season. I hope by doing this that my legacy will inspire a new generation of youth to be unstoppable!”
The PitCCh In Foundation, which Sabathia and his wife Amber founded in 2008 enrich the lives of innercity youth by raising their self-esteem through educational and athletic activities, will fund the season long program, providing transportation, tickets to the game, food vouchers, custom shirts and an onfield meet & greet with the World Champion and six-time All-Star.
Please see below for a complete list of games and markets Sabathia will host Boys & Girls Clubs members. Follow Sabathia’s final season with the hashtag the #LegaCCy Season on social media.
April 26 - San Francisco Giants* May 24 - Kansas City Royals June 7 - Cleveland Indians June 13 - Chicago White Sox July 22 - Minnesota Twins August 5 - Baltimore Orioles August 20 - Oakland Athletics August 23 - Los Angeles Angels August 26 - Seattle Mariners
September 6 - Boston Red Sox September 10 - Detroit Tigers September 13 - Toronto Blue Jays September 22 - New York Yankees (Last Yankees home game) September 24 - Tampa Bay Rays September 27 - Texas Rangers
*Indicates National League Game
About the PitCCh In Foundation: The PitCCh In Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded by New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia and his wife Amber. The foundation’s mission is to enrich the lives of inner-city youth by raising their self-esteem through educational and athletic activities in the New York Tri-State area and Northern California. The foundation showcases three signature programs that provide young people with the tools to be successful in school and on the field: All Star Baseball Clinic, Youth Backpack Program and Baseball Field Renovations. For more information on the PitCCh In Foundation, visit www.PItCCh.org or follow on Twitter and Instagram @PitCChInFdn, @CC_Sabathia, @AmberSabathia and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PitCChInFdn.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America: For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,300 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at Facebook and Twitter.
The New York Yankees announced today they have signed RHP Luis Severino to a four-year contract extending through the 2022 season, with a club option for the 2023 season.
Severino, 24, went 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA (191.1IP, 173H, 76R/72ER, 46BB, 220K, 19HR) and one complete game in 32 starts in 2018. Named an All-Star for the second consecutive season, Severino ranked third in both the Majors and AL in wins. His 19 victories were the most by a Yankees pitcher since CC Sabathia also went 19-8 in 2011. Severino’s 220K were eighth-most in the AL in 2018 and were the sixth-most in a single season in Yankees history.
Over the past two seasons, the right-hander is 33-14 with a 3.18 ERA (384.2IP, 136ER) and 450K in 63 starts, with the Yankees going 44-19 in those games. His 33 wins are the fourth-most in Baseball over that span, and his 450K rank eighth. Additionally, in 2017, he finished third in AL Cy Young Award voting.
Combined with his 230K in 2017, Severino is one of three pitchers in Yankees history with multiple 200-strikeout seasons (also David Cone, 1997-98 and Ron Guidry, 1978-79). His 450K from 2017-18 are the most over a two-season span in Yankees history, besting Ron Guidry’s 449K from 1978-79.
Over parts of four Major League seasons with the Yankees, Severino is 41-25 with a 3.51 ERA (518.0IP, 202ER) and 572K in 96 games (85 starts). He is one of three Yankees pitchers to reach 500K prior to his 25th birthday.
The native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, was originally signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on December 26, 2011.