In the winter season, bears generally cuddle into a cave, holes that they have dug beneath trees, or even in a hollowed out tree, in order to hibernate. This shields them from other animals. It is extremely difficult for bears to find enough food like nuts and berries in winters, and therefore, they go into hibernation to save their energy. The basic purpose of hibernation is to bypass the winter season, during which the food supplies get restricted. Thus, in order to conserve energy, bears do not eat, defecate or urinate during winter lethargy.


After reading this, it becomes quite clear why CC’s career numbers happen to look like this:

March/April: 4.54 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 7.0 K/9, 1.96 K/BB, .740 OPS Against
May – October: 3.49 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 7.7 K/9, 2.83 K/BB, .676 OPS Against

Like most brown bears, CC is just a bit groggy and unproductive during the first month after hibernation. Once the weather heats up, so will he.

CC Sabathia

*Props to Moses Hightower for also contributing to this post