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Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Hangin': CC, Bo Jackson, Worthy & Magic

By Andrew Marchand

CC Sabathia is a lifelong Raiders fan. He likes to tailgate with the Black Hole fans. So his favorite athlete of all time is not surprisingly an ex-Raider.

As a kid, Sabathia loved Bo Jackson. He will never forget when Jackson ran over Brian Bosworth on Monday Night Football or how he played like he was out of a video game.

So as a member of the Indians, it was a thrill for Sabathia to meet the then-retired Jackson before a game against the White Sox in Chicago.

"I was just excited," Sabathia said. "It was pretty cool for me that he knew who I was."

Jackson gave Sabathia an autographed helmet.

"It was awesome," Sabathia said. "He is definitely my favorite Raider, probably my favorite athlete. I loved him as a baseball player, too."

He still roots for his Raiders, the same way as he did as kid.

"I would say that I'm like a super fan," Sabathia said. "I'm like the crazy guy, just screaming. It is always fun for me to enjoy that part of sports."

As a high schooler entering the draft, Sabathia had an interesting meeting with James Worthy. The former Lakers star wanted to represent Sabathia.

"He was trying to do agent-stuff," Sabathia said.

Sabathia ended up going a different direction, but, through Worthy, Sabathia got to know Magic Johnson pretty well. The two have spoken on the phone on occasion and are friendly when they run into each other.

"It is crazy," Sabathia said. "It is just weird. He is awesome, though."

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