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February 15, 2007

Return Of The Bronx Zoo?

So, when does Torre the media master start getting things under control?

From Jim Baumbach -

Mike Mussina absolutely shredded Carl Pavano, who earlier in the day claimed his standing in the clubhouse was fine and that stories of that sort were merely a media creation. Mussina did not buy that theory, saying Pavano needed to prove to everyone that he wants to be pitching for the Yankees. I'll post the actual quotes from Mussina once I finish transcribing them.

It's been an interesting camp so far, huh? And, A-Rod hasn't even shown up yet!

Update, 5 pm ET: Peter Abraham has more on this story.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at February 15, 2007 03:47 PM


I agree with Moose: Let's see what ya got, Carl.

Posted by: rbj [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 15, 2007 04:08 PM

Should be interesting... More HS-esque nonsense.

As for Moose, I don't think Pavano asked to be traded last season, I think that's an indication that he wants to pitch for the Yanks. Matter of fact, signing a contract with the Yanks kinda insinuates that he wants to pitch with the Yanks. Trying to pitch with a cracked rib, shows this as well.

If what Moose means is that he's hoping for Pavano to be a rotation savior, an ace, I think he will be very disappointed.

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 15, 2007 04:33 PM

From the comments
"The best solution, really, would be if the remaining championship core-Jeter, Mo, Pettitte, Posada, Torre, and special guest Bernie-grab Pavano and give him a much needed wedgie. Pavano would get the hint on where he stands with his teammates, and the other guys will just feel a whole lot better. Maybe even a colorful new nickname can be derived from the incident."


Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 15, 2007 05:26 PM

Good for Mussina. I'm impressed by how he has developed as a team leader and how he seems like a real Yankee. With this new leadership status, I bet that Mussina will play out the two years on his contract and have several more years after that. If he does that and pitches effectively, Mussina will win over 280 games and make the Hall of Fame (I think that he's all ready done enough for the Hall, but the voters wouldn't agree yet.)

If Pavano meets the challenge and pitches slightly above league average ball, I don't see why the Yankees would have to buy out any of his contract. If he does that, I would consider keeping him, but the Yankees have Clemens and so many kids waiting in line.

Posted by: jonm [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 15, 2007 07:14 PM