Mike Mussina called it a career after going 20-9 with a 3.34 ERA in 2008, retiring from baseball with 270 career wins at age 38.
Now he’s 44 and Mussina has a new gig, according to the Williamsport Sun Gazette:
The Montoursville school board on Tuesday night approved the hiring of Mike Mussina as the school’s new head varsity boys basketball coach at its June meeting. Mussina’s hiring passed by an 8-0 vote.
Montoursville high school in Pennsylvania is Mussina’s alma mater, so returning there to coach basketball is pretty cool. He’ll get a $4,170 stipend, which is amusing considering Mussina earned more than $140 million playing baseball. And it’s a tough gig, as the article notes that “the Warriors finished 5-17 this past season and haven’t reached the district playoffs in a non-open format since 2008.”
Wild Card teams get to set their roster for the one-and-done game and then reset it for the Division Series if they advance. As such, you sometimes see some weirdness with the wild card roster. The Yankees, who just set theirs for tonight’s game, are no exception.
Masahiro Tanaka will be tonight’s starter, but Luis Severino, also a starter, will be around as well in case Tanaka gets knocked out early and they need more innings. In all, the Yankees are carrying nine pitchers and three catchers. In addition, they have Rob Refsnyder, Slade Heathcott, and pinch-runner Rico Noel as bench players. In case you forgot, pinch running can matter a lot in a Wild Card Game.
Either way, it beats having a regular season-type roster with 13 pitchers or something. I mean, if you’re using more than nine pitchers, you ain’t winning anyway.
Here’s the whole roster:
It was inevitable that someone would report on what, specifically, was going on with CC Sabathia in the run up to his decision to go into rehab yesterday. And today we have that story, at least in the broad strokes, from the New York Post.
Speaking to an anonymous source close to Sabathia, the Post reports that the Yankees’ starter more or less went on a bender from Thursday into Friday and continued on to Saturday, which resulted in his Sunday afternoon phone call to Brian Cashman in which he said he needed help.
Notable detail: Sabathia is referred to as “not a big drinker” in the story. Which is something worth thinking about when you think of others who have trouble with alcohol. It’s not always about massive or constant consumption. It’s about the person’s relationship with substances that is the real problem. Many who drink a good deal are totally fine. Many who don’t drink much do so in problematic ways and patterns. For this reason, and many others, it’s useful to avoid engaging in cliches and stereotypes of addicts.