To his millions of fans, CC Sabathia is not your ordinary guy.
Sabathia is not only considered one of the greatest pitchers in Major League Baseball; he is also the recipient of the 2007 Cy Young Award.
Away from his famous #52 pin-striped uniform, Sabathia is a doting father, who loves nothing more than scoring a home run with his four children: Carsten, also known as Lil' C, 8; Jaden, 6; Cyia, 3, and Carter, 1.
Parents.com spoke exclusively to CC Sabathia and his wife, Amber, about how they run the bases in their own home, especially when Mommy and Daddy are up at bat.
Parents.com: A big congratulations is in order. How are you feeling going into the playoffs?
CC: Excited! I'm feeling healthy and glad to get the opportunity to win the championship for the New York Yankees.
Amber, how would you rate CC in the father category?
Amber: If it were a score of 1 to 10...he would have to be an 11. He's an amazing husband, father, and friend. CC is very loving and it shows as he fathers. His kids definitely give him the number-one dad crown!
CC, how do you stay in touch with your children while you're on the road for a game?
CC: We FaceTime and Skype. My two older kids got iPods for their birthdays, so they can FaceTime their dad whenever they need him. They always get a six o'clock call right after dinner and I make sure I talk to each child. Even my 1-year-old gets on the phone and says "daddy." They know my schedule by now and count the days back until I get home.
When you Skype, do you do anything goofy with your children to make them laugh?
CC: No, my kids make me laugh. Our daughter always has a new dance move she learned in hip- hop that she wants to show me. Lil' C always seems to have a sports highlight from ESPN's top ten that he wants to talk about.
What activities or performances in your kids' lives have you had to miss because you're on the road with your team?
CC: I have missed sports games, recitals, the first day of school, and parents' day at camp. We have, however, mastered the baseball schedule. Although I miss a few games, with the off- season being from November to February, I get to make-up those moments by attending every sports event or recital during those months. During the off-season, I take my kids to school every day I can. Since I miss parents' day at camp, I will go see them on an off day during the season. I was lucky enough to watch my son hit a grand slam at sports camp and that was great. Yes, I may miss some things, but honestly, I think I get to see more than a dad who works a daily 9 to 5.