When I read this news, all I can think of is the story that Bob Klapisch shared a few months back:
It was late August when Johnny Damon took a long, hard look around the clubhouse and was appalled at what he saw. “Let’s go (bleep-bleepers), wake up,” Damon shouted. The center fielder had had enough of the Yankees’ listlessness; it was so disturbingly different from the crazy energy he once shared with the Red Sox at Fenway. But instead of rallying the Yankees, Damon was met with silence.
That, and a cold stare across the room from Randy Johnson. Damon was so unnerved by the apathy, he later asked a team official, “Did I do something wrong?”
Clearly, Randy Johnson was a nasty dude in the clubhouse. That’s fine when you pitch 200+ innings, with an ERA under three, and then carry your team in the post-season to a ring. But, when you’re old, and your ERA is near five, then you can’t play that game.
Pettitte in, Johnson out…anyone else feel like these are all just chess moves to get Clemens back in the Bronx?