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Mom relieved son unharmed
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05/17/2002 6:49 pm ET 
Mom relieved son unharmed
By Justice B. Hill / MLB.com

C.C. Sabathia was robbed at gunpoint early Friday morning. (Tony Dejak/AP)

CLEVELAND -- Marge Sabathia got the call early Friday morning at her home in California about her 21-year-old son C.C., and after hearing what had happened to him, it didn't take her long to decide what she would do: She was going to Cleveland.

Her only son, a star pitcher with the Indians, had been robbed at gunpoint at a local hotel, and she said she felt fortunate that C.C. wasn't shot during the armed robbery.

His mental state, she said, was now her main concern.

"I thanked the Lord that he was still alive," Marge Sabathia said in a telephone interview Friday. "You get a phone call like that, and it could be a phone call about something else. You know what I mean?

"I just got on my knees and thanked the man above."

Marge Sabathia had long voiced her worry about her only child, whom she calls her "best friend." She had wondered if he was streetwise enough to tread the minefields of adulthood.

 
"I thanked the Lord that he was still alive. You get a phone call like that, and it could be a phone call about something else. You know what I mean?"
-- Marge Sabathia

"He's a big teddy bear," she said. "He trusts people too much. That's my biggest concern."

She said she didn't have many details about the specifics of the incident. Team officials, who say details were sketchy at best, had said the robbery occurred around 4 a.m. after Sabathia and his cousin met some strangers at a local nightspot and then followed them to a hotel on Public Square.

While the group was in an elevator, the strangers pulled a gun and took jewelry and a wallet from C.C. But no shots were fired. Team officials said Cleveland police are investigating the incident.

Marge Sabathia said the jewelry and the money can be replaced, but her son's life has a price tag far above anything like gold necklaces and dollar bills. All-Star ballot

"I've been tripping a little bit," she said. "It's just a blessing that nothing worse came up."

Justice B. Hill is a senior writer with MLB.com. He can be reached at jbernardh@aol.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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