Report: CC Sabathia nearly involved in Toronto street brawl

CC Sabathia was nearly involved in a street brawl outside a bar in Toronto.
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New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia nearly found himself at the center of a fight outside a bar in Toronto over the weekend.

According to TMZ, a huge brawl broke out outside EFS Nightclub early Saturday morning after the Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays. A video allegedly shows Sabathia being restrained and forced into a car by a friend so that he stayed out of trouble. You can see the footage here.

Sabathia discussed the incident before Monday’s game against the Minnesota Twins.

"Just a bad decision on my part," Sabathia said. "Probably should have just kept quiet and got in the cab. I’m just glad I ended up getting in the cab before everything that went down."

It is unclear how the fight started, but witnesses told TMZ that people were yelling “go Blue Jays!” at Sabathia at one point.

"That happens a lot," Sabathia said Monday of the heckling. "So like I said, I could have easily just brushed it off and got in the cab and had a good night…I just flipped out."

Sabathia has been scratched from his scheduled Monday night start with the Yankees looking to get their rotation set up for a stretch of 16 games in 16 days. The altercation doesn’t appear to have anything to do with Sabathia being held out.

I don’t know who’s luckier in this situation — Sabathia for having a friend who got him out of harm’s way or whoever CC was angry with. Remember what Sabathia said about his offseason workout routine this past winter? I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of a beating from the lefthander.

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