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August 29, 2006

No Record Of Pavano Crash

From the AP:

Authorities have no record of an August car accident involving New York Yankees pitcher Carl Pavano, who told the team Monday after learning he broke two ribs in an Aug. 15 crash.

Pavano said he was hurt while at home in West Palm Beach when his car went through a puddle, spun out of control and hit a truck at a stop sign.

Lt. Tim Frith of the Florida Highway Patrol acknowledged Tuesday the accident may not have been reported to authorities.

The West Palm Beach Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office had no record of any traffic incident involving Pavano during all of 2006, according to their records departments. FHP, which often responds to vehicle crashes, also had no record of a car crash involving Pavano during the month of August.

A baseball official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the team's ongoing investigation, said Pavano did not tell the club about the accident until Monday, when a scan revealed the injury.

Hearing this, I'm really starting to think this is like the time that Jeff Kent said that he broke a bone while washing his truck. This is a cover story for Pavano.

If I'm parked at a stop sign, and I get rear-ended by a famous millionaire baseball player, I'm telling everyone that I know about it - and then the story would probably make it to the media eventually. The fact that we heard nothing on this for two weeks is fishy, at best.

If this accident happened, I would have expected to see the other driver on ESPN the next morning wearing a neck-brace.

I would love to start seeing some facts to back up Pavano's claim. But, I suspect that we will never see them.

Update, 12:44 pm ET: Benjamin Kabak has alerted that Pete Abraham is reporting the following:

There is an Associated Press story out there that claims there is no record of Pavano being in an accident. That is untrue. I just spoke to somebody with the West Palm Beach PD. There is a record. It's just that their records department is closed because of the tropical storm approaching.

I'll believe it when I see it.

Update, 4:52 pm EST: There is a report.

I now believe it.

Amazing. A millionaire gets into an accident causing $50,000 worth of damage and it doesn't make the news when it happens. Go figure.

Sorry Carl. You're not a liar. Unless, of course, one believes in lies by omission......then, it looks like you were just a liar until you got caught.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at August 29, 2006 12:20 PM

Comments

Peter Abraham at LoHod already disputed the AP claim. The records do exist but because of Hurricane Ernesto, the records department is closed.

http://tinyurl.com/rofy8

Posted by: Benjamin Kabak [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 29, 2006 12:42 PM

Newsday is reporting that there is a record of the accident, but the West Palm Beach police aren't releasing it because city offices are closed due to the hurricane.

Maybe the WPB police and The Weather Channel are in on the conspiracy too?

Posted by: christopher [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 29, 2006 12:46 PM

Thanks guys.

Like I said, I'll believe it when I see it.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 29, 2006 12:50 PM

You'll believe he was in an accident when you see it?

Well either way, the team did take xrays and the ribs ARE broken...so it is kind of a moot point how they got that way, no?

Anyway, Pavano will start for Columbus tomorrow.

Posted by: Jeteupthemiddle [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 29, 2006 04:08 PM

It's not a moot point if they got broken in a bar fight, or playing pick-up basketball, or during a romp with a stripper, and he's claiming that it happened in a car accident, IMHO.

That's the real issue here - what's the truth?

Considering that Pavano has not exactly always been truthful on his condition, that's what I want to know.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 29, 2006 04:15 PM

Why?

The real issue isn't HOW he got hurt. The real issue is that he IS hurt.

Not only is he hurt, but he has been pitching through the injury...which is something everyone claimed he was too "chicken" and such to do. I certianly can't blame him for trying to hide an injury. It almost doesn't matter anyway. He pitched well while doing it, and he is going to pitch tomorrow anyway.

Posted by: Jeteupthemiddle [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 29, 2006 04:22 PM

http://tinyurl.com/jkv5x

Authorities confirm Pavano car crash
August 29, 2006

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- New York Yankees pitcher Carl Pavano crashed his 2006 Porsche into a tractor trailer in August, causing $30,000 in damages to his car, according to a West Palm Beach police report.

Pavano was driving on a busy West Palm Beach road at 11:25 a.m. Aug. 15 when he hydroplaned, lost control of the car and crashed into a tractor trailer, the report states.

"It was a significant accident," West Palm Beach police Lt. Chuck Reed said Tuesday afternoon.

Earlier in the day, the police department said it was unable to locate an accident report.

A baseball official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team is just starting its own investigation, said Pavano did not tell the Yankees about the accident until Monday, when a scan revealed two broken ribs.

Pavano, who was driving the Porsche, was at fault, according to the police report, which does not indicate whether any charges were filed or tickets issued.

Reed said there is no record of Pavano receiving a ticket.

Damages to the truck, which belonged to the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, were estimated at $20,000 in the report.

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There you go. Pavano crashed into a city-owned truck, driven by a city-employed worker. Hence why the driver wasn't on ESPN the next morning in a neck brace with his lawyer.

Posted by: Shaun P. [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 29, 2006 04:47 PM

Thanks Shaun.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 29, 2006 04:50 PM

What was that about lawyering up Shaun?

"Carl Pavano's 2006 Porsche suffered about $30,000 worth of damage in his Aug. 15 traffic accident, according to a police report obtained by the Daily News. The incident may ultimately prove even costlier to the Yankees pitcher, however, since the man in the truck that Pavano hit claims to have injured his shoulder in the accident and has retained legal counsel.

Ernest DeLaura, who works for the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, told the News that, "My shoulder is all messed up. My doctor told me to stay in bed," when reached by phone today. He declined further comment and then referred a reporter to his lawyer, who said that he and his associates are investigating the situation.

Pavano was at fault for the accident, according to the report, since his car hydro-planed on wet road into DeLaura's truck. The truck suffered about $20,000 worth of damage, the report said."

http://blogs.nydailynews.com/yankees/archives/2006/08/just_in_pavano_police_report_s.php

Posted by: James Varghese [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 29, 2006 04:57 PM

50 grand in damage, two broken ribs, and an injured shoulder. I guess he figured nobody would notice a little fender bender like that.

Posted by: hopbitters [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 29, 2006 05:04 PM

When two cars combine for $50,000 in damage, it's just amazing that both parties walked away in one piece.

Off-subject:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2565280

Would we dare bring back that fatso m*therf*cker?

Posted by: MJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 29, 2006 05:07 PM

To be fair, the damage total is partially due to the vehicles involved. I don't know about you, but I'd need total my car, restore it, come back, and total it again to rack up $30k in damage.

Posted by: hopbitters [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 29, 2006 05:16 PM

You're welcome, Steve.

James, I stand humbly corrected - though, from a legal perspective, the guy's lawyer is probably doing right by his client. Whether the guy is seriously injured or not is another story. That's why I practice patent law, not personal injury law.

And as for Boomer - no way in hell.

Posted by: Shaun P. [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 29, 2006 06:11 PM

There's zero chance that the Red Sox will trade Wells to the Yankees.

Back to Pavano, can you just feel the love?

From: http://tinyurl.com/o5vey

~~~Pavano missed three months last season with a shoulder injury that did not require surgery. He had injuries to his back and buttocks last spring before surgery in May to remove a bone chip from his elbow.

When Pavano has been around the team, some players have been exasperated by what they say among themselves is his apparent indifference, citing that he has been a regular on the massage table and is often seen munching candy bars.

While the team captain, Derek Jeter, said Pavano would be welcomed back, Torre acknowledged he would have to earn the respect of his teammates.

“You have to walk into this clubhouse, dress next to these guys and carry your share of the load,” Torre said. “That’s what it amounts to. If that’s a little tough to do at first, so be it.”~~~

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 29, 2006 10:39 PM

When two cars combine for $50,000 in damage, it's just amazing that both parties walked away in one piece.
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Not really. Consider one vehicle was a 2006 Porsche, and the other was a tractor trailer, a city owned one at that. Neither comes cheap.

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 29, 2006 11:12 PM

When Pavano has been around the team, some players have been exasperated by what they say among themselves is his apparent indifference, citing that he has been a regular on the massage table and is often seen munching candy bars.
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Screw them.

They should have more important things to worry about.

This may come as a suprise to some players, but not everyone is a red-ass.

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 29, 2006 11:15 PM