This is a true story.
At 5:14 pm ET today, a friend in my office (who is a fellow Yankees fan) dropped me an e-mail which simply read:
“Confirmed – Carl Pavano was in a car accident a few weeks ago and may have a broken a rib.”
Thinking that this was a total joke, I wrote back to him and said:
“Either that, or, on the day of his first start, he’ll say that his period is really heavy and the cramps won’t allow him to pitch.”
I had no idea that what my friend was telling me was a fact. I mean, come on now – everyone jokes about the next Pavano story, but – a car accident story, now, seemed way too far out to be true.
And, just now, I see that my friend was not kidding me – at all. This is incredible.
Worse, Pavano never told the Yankees about the accident until 2 weeks after it happened.
This is not the same as Aaron Boone’s basketball knee. There, Boone got hurt doing something that he was no supposed to do. Here, Pavano got hurt doing something within his rights – but, he was supposed to tell the team about it when it happened.
While this might be a tougher fight to get Pavano’s contract voided, I hope the Yankees do go after him. I see no reason to pay this dud another $20 million dollars.
Reportedly, but from fair sources, many Yankees players view Pavano as a joke. And, they are correct. The Pavano situation is an embarrassment to the ballclub. Brian Cashman needs to live up to the fact that this was a bad signing – even if the Red Sox, Tigers and Mariners wanted Pavano too – and cut his losses while given this chance.
And, if the Yankees opt not to get rid of Pavano now, then, going forward, every stupid thing that Pavano does should be blamed on Cashman (and company) and not Pavano.
If you’re standing around in the park and a bird poops on your head, it’s O.K. to curse the bird. If you go to the park another day, and the bird poops on your head again, even though you’re standing in a different spot, it’s still O.K. to curse the bird. If you go to the park a third time, and it happens again, it’s still probably O.K. to curse the bird.
But, if you have a chance to go to the beach, and decide to stick with going to the park, and, when you do, the bird poops on your head again – it’s your fault for being a moron when you had a great chance to get out of it (and do something else).
Don’t be a moron Yankees. Here’s your chance. Do the right thing.
And do it before this bird poops on your head again.