June 30, 2005
Wayne Franklin is the new LOOGY in town.
Whenever I hear the name "franklin" these days, I think of the Orlando Jones character "Clifford Franklin" from the movie The Replacements. And, then I hear "Clifford Franklin is lookin' for a new ho!" in my head. (One of the funniest lines in a sports comedy, to me. But, then again, I can be strange sometimes on things like that.)
Anywho, the Yankees new Franklin is no kid. He's 31. And, he's been around the block. In the last 5 years, he's been in 4 big league cities now. And, he's been pounded pretty good in some spots.
The word is that he has average stuff, and when he can control the zone, is a capable pitcher. But, you can say that about any minor league vet - like this one.
If the Yankees are smart, they'll let Franklin play catch with Mo before every game and see if they can catch lightning twice.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at June 30, 2005 07:52 PM