As Paul noted over the weekend, Carl Pavano may be the Yankee’s starter on opening day, and Mark Feinsand in the Daily News has more on the story. Torre’s mum on the topic until later this week, but Feinsand says it sounds like some of his teammates are behind him. "This is a big chance for him," Jason Giambi said. "I know what it’s like to have to come basically back from hell. I know what it’s like; I’ve danced with the devil a few times down there."
That’s a fairly candid statement from Giambi without actually saying anything, akin to his non-specific apology to fans a couple years ago. His performance on the field (well, in the box at least) has won a good number of Yankee fans over, though I know there are many that think Giambi "got away with it" and will be forever tainted by whatever that thing was that he was sorry about but wouldn’t give a name. I don’t think that Pavano is the kind of pariah that Giambi was; he’s more a long-running bad joke, and his path to redemption is much shorter. In the spirit of forgiveness (or more honestly, necessity) I hope that Jason is right about Carl in this case, and there is good reason to be confident, as it certainly will not the first time that Pavano has escaped the icy clutches of the ninth circle.