Sabathia worth every penny in Game 5

Asked to save the season, $161 million lefty puts Bombers on plane back to Texas

Updated: October 21, 2010, 2:32 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- CC Sabathia was man enough for the moment, his shoulders wide enough and his contract big enough to carry a sudden-death burden the size of Central Park.

This is why Brian Cashman made that covert winter trip to Sabathia's California home way back when. This is why Cashman begged the reluctant free agent to take every last penny of his $161 million bid.

You recall the old whispers that Sabathia wasn't crazy about pitching here? As it turned out, they were ...

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