Asked if Pavano should get the benefit of the doubt, Mussina didn’t hesitate.
“No, not yet,” he said.
He later said:
didn’t look good from a player’s and a teammate’s standpoint. … As
another starting pitcher who has not been 100 percent all of the last
two years, I know what it takes to go out there and pitch. … Actions
speak louder than words.”
This is how teams build chemistry: Your legendary reliever complains about management’s lack of respect toward himself and another veteran. One of your team leaders publicly doubts another player’s committment. And let’s not forget that at the end of last season, Torre did a number of things to undermine A-Rod’s confidence. Is Joe losing his handle on this ball club? This isn’t your late ’90s Yanks, is it? The Yanks are sure airing their dirty laundry. Is it therapeutic or a bad idea?