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Jim Rice rips CC Sabathia for being overweight, Sabathia fires back as bunting controversy intensifies

John Tomase
September 01, 2017 - 4:43 pm

Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia is engaged in a war of words with a Red Sox Hall of Famer.

On Thursday, Sabathia ripped Red Sox infielder Eduardo Nunez for bunting in the first inning of New York's 6-2 victory. Sabathia, who has had multiple knee surgeries, felt the move was disrespectful, because it jeopardized his health. On NESN's postgame show, Rice could barely contain his disdain, blaming Sabathia's issues not on Nunez, but on the fact that he's overweight.

"What is he talking about? Bunting is part of the game," Rice said. "You try to get on the base any way you can. If you tell him to leave some of that chicken, that donut and that burger weight — maybe his leg will be OK that he can field that baseball. That's just stupid."

Apprised of Rice's comments on Friday, Sabathia told Newsday's Erik Boland, "I just hope when I'm that age, I'm not that bitter."

Watch the video above and decide for yourself. Did Rice cross a line?


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