The 6'7'' lefthander exchanged words with hecklers, and was subsequently ushered away from the scene when a friend pushed him into a cab.
“Bad decision on my part,” Sabathia said at Yankee Stadium on Monday. “I probably should have just kept quiet and got in the cab. I’m just glad I got in the cab before everything went down. But I didn’t know anything that was happening. I didn’t know that big fight and everything happened after.”
Following Sabathia's departure in the cab, the fight escalated into a larger brawl, with a man being thrown into the street.
“I think I was definitely lucky the other night, though, that I had friends to push me in a cab and cared enough about me to get me out of that situation,” Sabathia said.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi had no comments regarding the incident after Sabathia informed him about it Monday morning.
Sabathia, 35, was scheduled to pitch Monday night against the Minnesota Twins, but New York announced that his start would be pushed back until Tuesday. Sabathia said the change had nothing to do with the fight, as he knew about the decision two days ago.
This season, Sabathia is 4–9 with a 5.23 ERA in 129 innings.
See the incident in Toronto here:
- Kayla Lombardo