The Yankees, on Carl Pavano, via the Times:
“Carl can pitch,” said [Alex] Rodriguez, who hit one of the Yankees’ three home runs. “He’s always been able to pitch. I’m just happy he’s out there. He’s a very important part of our team.”
“We’re definitely counting on him,” Manager Joe Torre said. “The spot was his to lose, and he certainly has seized the opportunity. We obviously favored his taking that spot, with everything he’s had to deal with the last couple of years. We’re very pleased with what we’ve seen.”
He’s a very important part of our team?
We’re definitely counting on him?
I hope this is just a case of the Yankees being “P.C.” and they’re not actually of the mindset that Pavano is going to help them this season. Actually, thinking about this, the perfect nickname for Pavano has come to mind. I’m going to start calling him “Lucy van Pelt ” – after Lucy from Peanuts.
There it is: Carl is Lucy, the Yankees and their fans are Charlie Brown, and the football is the hope and promise that Pavano will help the team.