Questions about how the Congressional circus, its aftermath, and the certain forthcoming hounding regarding his PED use may affect Pettitte continue to be on the minds of many writers. Namely, if Pettitte flares out, what wrath will be incurred for not getting the Santana deal done? Mark Feinsand quotes Hank Steinbrenner in the Daily News:
“I’d love to have a Santana or a Beckett. Hopefully that’s not a move we should have made that I’m going to be (ticked off) about. I think by the end of the season we could have that in Chamberlain.”
John Harper has a parallel piece examining the situation regarding the expectations of The Big Three, and spoke with Joe Girardi:
“It’s an interesting situation,” was the way Girardi put it Friday, “because there are some innings limitations on some of our young starters. So you have to be a little bit creative. We’ll look at it at the end of March and see where we’re at.”
So, before his 23rd birthday, a kid who has never thrown a big-league start (and who will work out of the pen for an unknown duration to begin the season) is expected by the end of the season to be more or less on par with the best starting pitcher in the game over the last five years and with a top-tier ace who has turned in a couple of the most dominant post season performances in the history of the game. Oh, and his buddies had better be really darn good in their first full seasons as starters as well.
Well, I guess it would be nice.
Momma: Brian! Rings!
Brian: In a minute, Momma.
Momma: Don’t you “In a minute, Momma” me! Get off your fat little ass or I’ll break it for you!