It's very possible that baseball fans witnessed CC Sabathia pitch for the final time on Thursday night. Unfortunately for the future Hall of Famer, he left the field with an injury in Game 4 of the ALCS.
Sabathia has found success everywhere he's been in the MLB. Prior to joining the New York Yankees, the six-time All-Star had productive stints with the Cleveland Indians and Milwaukee Brewers.
The argument could be made that New York wouldn't have won the 2009 World Series if it didn't acquire Sabathia that offseason.
In perhaps his last game ever for the Yankees, the veteran left-hander left the field due to a shoulder injury.
Although it was heartbreaking to see Sabathia leave the mound for the final time in pain, the fans in the Bronx gave him a standing ovation.
You can watch the video of Sabathia leaving the mound here:
This obviously isn't the way Sabathia wanted to leave the mound on Thursday night. With the Yankees on the brink of elimination, it's fair to wonder if we'll ever see him pitch again.
If this was the last time that Sabathia plays in the MLB, then it'll be a bittersweet ending for him. Even though it's heartbreaking to see him leave because of an injury, the 38-year-old pitcher battled until he physically couldn't anymore.
Sabathia will finish his career 251 wins, a 3.74 ERA and 3,093 career strikeouts. He should be well on his way to Cooperstown.