Sabathia driven by 'an ace mentality'

Lefty strives to put past playoff failures aside, and motivated to lead Yankees to title

Originally Published: October 7, 2009
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- The tallest man in New York is surrounded on all sides by the consequences of failure. On this late September afternoon, he throws a fastball by Victor Martinez, a man with whom as a member of the Cleveland Indians he once very nearly danced to the World Series.

Cleveland, or what it represents, haunts so many of them, CC Sabathia in particular. Martinez now wears a Red Sox jersey, part of the massive sell-off that began with the trading of Cy Young winners Sabathia in 2008 and ...

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