Friday, January 9, 2009

Carl Pavano: Yanks Didn't Pick Me Up

[This was too good to pass up]

When you’re down, you expect your organization to pick you up, not kick you when you’re down. I’ve had to pick myself up quite a few times the last four years.

--Carl Pavano, here.

Now, I know my memory can be pretty bad on occasion, but didn't Cashman and co. pay him $40 million over four seasons?

Didn't they let him pitch last summer even after Pavano had received Tommy John surgery that many believed was unnecessary at the time?

No one denies that injuries happen, but with the garish frequency they occur to Pavano, one has to consider the notion that maybe Pavano simply can't handle the workload of a major league pitcher.

Mark Shapiro has to going "head, meet desk" right about now...


  1. I think he's right. The Yankees really dropped the ball by not supporting him that time he got into the car accident during the stretch run, broke one of his ribs and didn't tell anyone.

    They should have released him that day.

  2. Reading the articles closely, one is able to get the distinct impression that Carl Pavano is simply a self-centered individual. He talks about how Cleveland will have the facilities to help him. He talks about asking if the other pitchers on the team are healthy, because he wants to play for a contender. He talks about, after four pretty dismal seasons, not wanting to have to earn a spot on a club, hence Cleveland getting the privilege of handing Carl his next few paychecks.

    I have no idea how most of his teammates felt about him. He didn't seem to care to be around while he was on the DL (unlike Posada who had trouble keeping away, but had to force himself to stay away at times). We know how Mussina felt, but we also heard stories of Andy Pettitte trying to make him feel comfortable. We know Brian Cashman never made one public statement that would ruin Pavano's chances of pitching for either the Yankees or another team. We know they let him show he could pitch at the end of last season, which surely helped him get that "walk right onto the pitching staff" job with Cleveland.

    He is selfish, for sure.

    I never maligned the guy with respect to his injuries. I highly doubt he wanted to be injured. But how one handles oneself in such circumstances, and how one reflects upon such circumstances after one moves on, is quite illuminating with regard to character. He has gotten the last benefit of any doubt from me.

    I would wish him well, but I suppose I'll just say, glad he's not a Yankee fan's concern anymore.

  3. yanksforthemammariesJanuary 13, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    I really have to wonder WTF the Injuns were thinking. I can understand operating a franchise on the cheap (at least 18-20 teams do the same thing), but of all the "bargain" pitchers out there, they settled on the Tinman?!?!? Are you kidding me?!?!?!? Why not just write him a check now for $1.5 million and send him home because that's all the worth they will receive from that douchebag.