Well, here we are, less than 24 hours away from another baseball season and from what is sure to be another exciting (and never dull) Yankee season. The Boys of Summer are back and all I can say is THANK GOODNESS!
One of the number one issues of the day as we all know by now is that Carl Pavano will be the opening day pitcher. No, this not an April Fool’s joke-it’s true. Carl Pavano? Really? Wow, who would of thought.
Now I know there are probably people out there who are saying Carl Pavano? No, no, no, no, no. And as much as it would have been nice to have had Chien-Ming Wang out there tomorrow, (or Andy Pettite) does it really matter who is going out there tomorrow or when Pavano pitches? He’s in the starting rotation at this point regardless, and he is going to pitch for us, so does it really matter if he pitches tomorrow or a few days from now?
The bottom line is we need him. We need to be healthy, stay healthy and we need him to pitch. I’m not a huge Pavano fan, but I’ll be rooting and hoping for the best, just as I’m sure most Yankee fans will be doing as well. If Pavano goes out there and pitches a good game-not looking for him to pitch a GREAT game, just a good game, and hopefully the rest of the team will do what they have to do-it would without a doubt be a step in right direction for Pavano. And maybe be the beginning of putting all this negative stuff about him behind him. Of course if he loses, it just might be the first of many boos he might receive throughout the year.
If he does lose tomorrow, I will not be so quick to judge him, although everyone wants to win on Opening Day, especially if it’s in one’s own ball park in front of their fans. And I’m sure Pavano wants to win this. And Opening Day at Yankee Stadium is always special. So for now I will not pass judgement and opinions until after I’ve seen him pitch a couple of games. Until then, good luck Carl-go out there and get ’em.
As for the rest of the team, I am looking forward to another great Yankee season. My prediction is that the Yankees are going win about 97 games and win the East once again.