CC Sabathia is confident that without the Astros’ illegal sign-stealing, the Yankees — not the Astros or the Dodgers — would have won the 2017 World Series.
“F-king ’17, we should have won the World Series,” Sabathia said during an episode of his R2C2 podcast with Ryan Ruocco released Thursday. “I don’t care what nobody says. And now that this happened, nobody can ever f-king tell me that we wasn’t gonna win it. We should have won! There’s no way you can tell me we weren’t better than them. I don’t give a f-k what nobody says.”
Sabathia, who retired following the 2019 season, already had been the only member of the Yankees to complain publicly about Houston’s 2017 World Series title, which has been tainted following the release of MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s report that said the Astros used cameras and electronics illegally to steal and relay signs throughout the 2017 season and playoffs.
After the lefty went on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” and said he would be in favor of the Astros being stripped of their title — they knocked out the Yankees in seven games in the ALCS before beating the Dodgers for the first championship in franchise history — Sabathia was even more outspoken on the podcast.
“I felt that s-t,” said Sabathia, recently named a special adviser to GM Brian Cashman. “I f-king cried like a baby. We all felt that s-t. So it ain’t no way you can ever tell me…forever in my mind, now, we won the World Series.”
And he pointed to the fact that the Astros won all four games in Houston — two by one run.
“They couldn’t beat us here [at Yankee Stadium],” Sabathia said. “The games there were so close. One run, one hit, one f-king sign! We had magic, and they stole that s-t from us.”
There’s no doubt in Sabathia’s mind that if the Yankees had advanced, they would have “whooped the Dodgers’ ass” in the World Series.
In the wake of the firings of Houston manager A.J. Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow, as well as the dismissals of Boston manager Alex Cora and new Mets manager Carlos Beltran for their roles in the scandal, Sabathia said it’s made the defeat from two seasons ago tougher to take.
“I felt it, man, and I had got over it,” Sabathia said on the podcast. “Let it go, got over it and maybe like I was tripping, they were a better team. They won, they beat us. And then this came back, and now I feel it again. I’m pissed! I just felt that s-t in my bone. I knew that team in ’17 was good enough to win the World Series.”
Sabathia also noted that the 2017 defeat “our manager [Joe Girardi] got fired.”