NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A raw, compelling memoir of baseball, family, fame, addiction, and recovery, by one of the most beloved baseball players of his generation
“Beautifully rendered . . . Readers and fans will be rooting for him to enter the Hall of Fame and rooting even harder for him to stay sober.”—The Wall Street Journal
How does it feel to be born with enormous gifts, in a life shadowed by tragedy? What does it mean when the gift that opens the world for us is not enough to stop us from losing the things we love? And what new gifts do we find in that loss?
Baseball had been CC Sabathia’s life since he was a kid in gritty, baseball-obsessed Vallejo, California. He was a star by the time he was a preteen and a professional athlete when he was still a teenager. Everything he knew about how to be a person—an adult, a husband and father, a leader—he learned in rhythm with the baseball season, the every-fifth-day high-intensity spotlight of a starting pitcher, all while dealing with one of the sport’s most turbulent eras: racism in a sport with diminishing Black presence; the era of performance-enhancing drugs; and the increasing tension between high-value contracts and sports owners who moved players around like game pieces. But his biggest struggle was with his own body and mind: Buoyed his whole life by talent and a fiery competitive spirit, CC found himself dealing with the steady and eventually alarming breakdown of his own body and his growing addiction in a world that encouraged and enabled it.
Till the End is the thrilling memoir of one of the most beloved players in the game, a veteran star of the sport’s marquee team during its latest championship era. It’s also a book about baseball—about the ins and outs of its most important and technical position and its evolution in this volatile era. But woven within it is the moving, universal story of resilience and mortality and discovering what matters.
Former All-Star Yankees pitcher Sabathia brings the heat in his unsparing debut about overcoming his yearslong battle with alcoholism. He begins in 2015, when—after realizing he was "forty-eight hours into an epic drinking marathon" and about to pitch—he decided to get sober. To explain how he got there, he goes back to his beginnings. Born in 1980 to an impoverished family in Vallejo, Ca., Sabathia's athletic gifts were evident from an early age, but he also began drinking at 14 and lived with a father who hid a drug addiction. After his cousin was shot in 1994, Sabathia put his "rage to more tactical use" on his high school baseball team and quickly got noticed. "I walked to the bullpen to warm up... and thirty scouts followed me." Despite his professional successes—from getting signed to the Cleveland Indians in 2001 as the youngest player "in the entire American League" to joining the New York Yankees in 2008 and winning the World Series—he got into drunken street brawls and even crashed a car into a tree. In 2015, he checked himself into rehab and went public with his addiction on Good Morning, America. "The love that came back was a revelation," he recalls. "I was free." Those in search of inspiration need look no further.
Do not waste your time reading this book.
All this guy does is brag about the millions of dollars he has made and at the same time whines about how unfair life has been to him. Average book. Heard this same story many time before. By the way I am not White. Thank you and God bless.