Pavano: I had to pick myself up
Interesting comments out of Cleveland today, where Carl Pavano greeted the local media after signing an incentive-laden one-year contract with the Indians:
“When you’re down, you expect your organization to pick you up, not
kick you when you’re down,” Pavano said. “I’ve had to pick myself up
quite a few times the last four years.”
There are those that would argue the Yankees gave Pavano too much slack at times – despite everything that went on, Brian Cashman was always one of Pavano’s most staunch defenders. Mike Mussina, not so much.
Regardless, look for Pavano to have a decent bounce-back year. His velocity wasn’t there late in the season but he pitched OK for the Yankees – enough to prove he was worth taking a flyer on to Indians GM Mark Shapiro. Believe it or not, Pavano will be in the building when the new Yankee Stadium opens on April 16, and could even pitch in that first series.
“That would be exciting,” Pavano said. “There would be a lot of irony
in that. Those are the fun parts of the game. It’s kind of ironic that
I saw the last game in old Yankee Stadium and now I’ll get to see the
first game at new Yankee Stadium. I’ve been blessed with some
incredible things I’ve seen and been given through baseball, and I
appreciate it every day.”