Headlined by "The Last Dance," 2020 has been a year full of compelling sports documentaries. At least one more attention-grabbing sports documentary is coming before the end of the year.
HBO announced Tuesday that Under The Grapefruit Tree: The CC Sabathia Story will premiere on Dec. 22 at 9:00 p.m. ET, and eventually be able to be streamed on HBO Max.
The story appears to be a compelling one, with Sabathia using the final season of his 19-year major league career as a jumping off point to discuss some of the trials and tribulations he faced on and off the field during his time in the sport. Sabathia left the Yankees just prior to the 2015 playoffs to enter rehabilitation for alcoholism, a topic promised to be touched on in the documentary.
"I couldn't be more grateful for the chance to give viewers an inside look into my career and to share my unfiltered story," Sabathia said. "I struggled for a long time with alcohol addiction and anxiety, which I pretty much hid from everyone I knew. It’s my hope we can inspire athletes and non-athletes alike to open up and let their friends, family and teammates know that there is a path through this. You are not alone."
Sabathia, of course, had an illustrious career, one that will garner serious consideration for the Baseball Hall of Fame. He spent parts of eight seasons with the Cleveland Indians, including winning American League Cy Young Award in 2007. Sabathia was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers during the 2008 season, and went 11-2 with a 1.65 ERA after being acquired, helping the team reach the postseason for the first time since 1982. Sabathia would join the Yankees in free agency prior to the 2009 season, and helped the team to a World Series victory in his first of 11 seasons in the Bronx.