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Sabathia: We want to 'crush everybody every game'

Back for his 18th MLB season, CC Sabathia is ready to see what the Yanks can do

The New York Yankees are officially back to being the Evil Empire of Major League Baseball.

On Thursday, longtime Yankees veteran CC Sabathia joined MLB Network to discuss his return to the Bronx for the 2018 season, and what his expectations are for the Bombers' supercharged lineup set to hit the field this season.

"It's just exciting," Sabathia said.

"Last year we were the team that everybody loved, and that was that feel-good story," he added, noting how the typically free-spending Yankees had successfully reverted back to developing their homegrown talent into legitimate stars, culminating with a thrilling 2017 postseason run.

Next season, however, Sabathia will be back with the team that baseball fans love to hate, looking to add a 28th World Series championship to the Yankees record books.

"Getting Giancarlo [Stanton] just brings us back to being that hated team," Sabathia said, "and that's what we like."

The 37-year-old lefty enjoyed another strong season in pinstripes last year, going 14-5 with a 3.69 ERA - his lowest mark since 2012. CC's .737 winning percentage also marked his highest for a single season since 2010, when he led the Majors in wins, with 21.

With the addition of Stanton, a move that shook the baseball world and came seemingly out of nowhere when it was first reported back on December 9, the Yankees now boast the two most prolific home run hitters from a year ago.

Stanton led the Majors with 59, and rookie sensation Aaron Judge led all AL sluggers with a whopping 52.

Sabathia inked a one-year deal a week after the news of Stanton's trade from Miami to New York, and there's no doubt he's eager to get his 18th big league season underway with a team that appears headed for another deep run into October.

"We want to go out there and try to put the best team on the field and crush everybody, every game," Sabathia said.

Let the games begin.