Yankees fan favorite CC Sabathia has flawless take on Angel Hernandez retirement

Bad 'til the end!
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Back in 2018, Yankees starter CC Sabathia ran into umpire Angel Hernandez at the worst possible time -- though, as many MLB fans realized long ago, there is no good time to run into Angel Hernandez. Or, at least, there wasn't until Monday evening.

That's when Hernandez announced his retirement from the game of baseball, reaching a settlement with MLB years after an unsuccessful discrimination suit further sullied his pockmarked record.

Cheers went up from the galley when the news dropped, which also led to an all-time Sabathia clip getting recirculated. Hernandez seemed to be off the mark more often than he was on the ball, which made him the center of any game he was in charge of overseeing. It was just a few weeks ago that he tried to take over a Luis Gil start at Yankee Stadium, repeatedly warning the righty unnecessarily as he got further and further out of rhythm. The 2018 postseason represented a particularly bad stretch for him; as ESPN noted in their retrospective of his career, Hernandez had three calls reversed in the first four innings of a playoff game that year.

After losing Game 4 of the 2018 ALDS, leading to the Yankees' elimination at the hands of the Red Sox, Sabathia did not hold back, going as far as he could in admonishing Hernandez without getting defamatory.

Wondering whether he's softened on any of those takes in the intervening 5.5 years? Survey says: No.

Yankees ace CC Sabathia would never mince words about umpire Angel Hernandez, even in retirement

It's perfect because Hernandez is both a Looney Tune and someone who's wrapping up his career by disappearing into a colorful tunnel. Said very much sarcastically, that is certainly all, folks.

Sabathia, who once famously told Astros outfielder Josh Reddick where, exactly, he could get the f*** out of, is not known for mincing his words. He'll defend his teammates until the end, caping for them when they've been given an unfair shot at competing -- a right he believed Hernandez infringed upon back in 2018.

When he tweets, he tweets with a purpose. Now, Hernandez's career has been emphatically stamped, and not a moment too soon for the gregarious Yankee, who surely had many teammates silently nodding in agreement when this message dropped.