Three weeks ago, I wrote:
[B.J.] Ryan is an interesting call. I just have a feeling about him not doing well in a big market like New York or in post-season pressure. It’s just a hunch. I have no facts to back it up. It just seems like he’s folded in some big spots before. But, maybe that’s just my memory playing tricks on me?
Now, today, Newsday is reporting:
Although Ryan said toward the end of September that he was open to setting up for Rivera, it appears to have been nothing more than a negotiating tactic. He recently told a friend he does not want to deal with the “stress” of pitching for the Yankees.
His preference is to close for a team with at least a chance of competing for a world championship, according to a person familiar with his thinking, which is why he chose to visit the Blue Jays, Tigers and Mets this week and not the Yankees.
I guess I wasn’t fooled by my sometimes tricky memory.
There’s a punch-line in here somewhere about a guy named B.J. not having cojones – but, then again, I like to think this is a family-friendly site.