“Disappointment” and Perspective: Carl Pavano

It’s lemons-to-lemonade day at YFSF and so a reassessment of the Carl Pavano situation is needed. Most Yankees fan agree that Pavano has been a $48 miliion disappointment, but their judgement is clouded by a simple-minded short-sightedness. Pavano, in fact, has been good, even potentially great. Yanks fans need to remember the following things about Our Man in Florida:

  • His 2006 ERA is practically non-existent. It’s lower than Papelbon’s.
  • "Crash" Pavano’s k-to-bb is infinity…Wow!
  • He’s been a unifying force in the clubhouse. Reportedly after his latest injury, players toilet-papered his locker. You can’t quantify what a player adds to the chemistry of a team, but it seems that Carl brings people together.
  • Another incredible stat: Pavano has yet to get behind in the count to a major league batter this year.
  • He’s added much-needed flamboyance to the otherwise working-man character of the team. The "Hot"-factor is back in the Bronx. His girlfriends have included Alyssa Milano and international supermodels. Not since Joe Namath has a player has the city been witness to such an iconoclastic heartthrob.

Who knows how many wins Pavano has contributed to the Yankees season? Without his (perhaps voluntary) departure from the team, would we have had a chance to see Wang last year? Does Wang develop into the best pitcher of the rivalry this season? Does the 2005 Aaron Small story exist without Carl? In all, he’s been a force for good for the Yanks. And to think! He’ll be on the team two more years!

12 comments… add one
  • Wow, nothing like taking a post of mine that only hopes to understand a pitcher a little bit more than a superficial beat writer and turning it into unfunny satire.

    SF September 22, 2006, 2:11 pm
  • OK, actually it’s a little funny.

    SF September 22, 2006, 2:28 pm
  • Actually, it’s pretty darn funny. But I still think Beckett isn’t critiqued for both good and bad things on a thorough enough level. But that’s for another thread, right?!

    SF September 22, 2006, 2:32 pm
  • My vote: Very funny. And does anyone have directions to Carl’s pad, because I’ve got a case of Charmin and a free afternoon.

    YF September 22, 2006, 2:36 pm
  • I thought that was hilarious, and just barely funnier than SF’s move from “denial” to “acceptance” in three posts.

    yankeesnj September 22, 2006, 2:39 pm
  • Hilarious. I think I just about fell out of my chair.

    mouse September 22, 2006, 3:22 pm
  • …you gotta laugh…yanks have not been immune to criticism for some of their moves, albeit this one somewhat irrelevant to the spirit of the beckett discussion, but funny nonetheless…pavano’s diappointment is a no-brainer, beckett’s not so clear cut as pointed out in the other thread…

    dc September 22, 2006, 3:36 pm
  • It’s good to know that in such a season of disappointment for the Yankees, Pavano has been the one silver lining…

    Paul SF September 22, 2006, 3:41 pm
  • On a somewhat related note, I was watching the Yankees/Blue Jays game Monday night when A.J. Burnett was pitching. Al Leiter was in the booth and he said some things about his former teammates currently residing in the AL East. I’m paraphrasing from memory, but it was went something like, “A.J. by far has the most electric stuff of the three. Josh, I think, has a better idea of how to *pitch,* about changing speeds and location. But it’s hard to evaluate the transition to the AL for them–Josh is the only one that’s been healthy all year.”
    Did any of you Yankee fans pick this up too? I thought it was interesting, anyway.
    Of those three ex-Marlin pitchers currently residing in the AL East, Carl Pavano is clearly in a class by himself, at least in terms of durability. Has it really been over a year since he last pitched? That’s incredible. Is there any chance Cashman can void that contract? I have to think he’d at least try to.

    mouse September 22, 2006, 4:14 pm
  • Seems like if they went so far as to try to void the contract of “True Yankee” Jason Giambi, they might as well give it a shot with Pavano.
    Who knows? Maybe Pavano can pitch a scoreless inning in an ALDS game and gain True Yankee status as well…

    Paul SF September 22, 2006, 4:27 pm
  • Burnett is also inked to a $65M contract, while Beckett is owed $30M for 3. Burnett’s been a huge failure of a signing for the first year (long way to go, of course) as far as I am concerned, but the worst part about that signing is that his fragility was utterly predictable – why a team like the Jays would shell out that kind of money (the Yankees’ money for Pavano is simply worth less to them, proportionately) is confusing. We’ll see how he does next year, I suppose. He’s clearly exceedingly talented.

    SF September 22, 2006, 4:30 pm
  • Yeah, the Burnett contract baffled me too. That’s an awful lot of money for a guy who’s had elbow problems and TJ surgery and was basically a .500 pitcher in the NL. I’ve watched him pitch, and his stuff is certainly electric, no doubt. But that’s a lot of money and a lot of risk for a guy like that, especially to a small market team like the Jays.
    Fan bias aside, I honestly think the Sox got the best one of that Marlins trio, and certainly for this year they did. Time will tell if that holds true in the next few years.

    mouse September 22, 2006, 5:05 pm

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