The scene is set for a 1PM game at Yankee Stadium on May 17, 2008 against the New York Mets. On the Diamond Vision highlights are playing from exactly ten years ago when David Wells reached baseball immortality against the Minnesota Twins by hurling a perfect game. Then an announcement is made directing fans in attendance to turn their attention to the owner's box behind home plate for a special announcement. And it is no other than "Boomer" himself, announcing his triumphant return to the New York Yankees.
After the latest Kei Igawa debacle, why not? And if Darrell Rasner is unable to duplicate his brilliant outing against the M's, unless you really believe what you're seeing in Ian Kennedy's turnaround at AAA, those calls will become even stronger and louder in the Bronx.
Is bringing back Wells the old way of doing things? Yes and no. Especially when one considers that the old ways of say last year wrought Roger Clemens and his $ 28 million dollar price tag. However Wells comes in with lower expectations and at a lower cost to the Yanks. Think Al Leiter circa 2005.
While GM Brian Cashman may harbor some ill feelings towards Wells, there is no rift with ex-teammate Joe Girardi unlike former Yanks skipper Joe Torre.
Even if Wells is only a short term fix, like Leiter he could become a long-man out of the pen a situational lefty or spot starter, neither of which the Yankees have at the moment.
The argument against it of course is if Wells is completely shot or they want to try some more kids out of the farm system. Speaking of which, what exactly does "major league ready" mean to the Yankees? This season they started with Phil Hughes (21), Joba Chamberlain (22) and Ian Kennedy (23) and back in 2005 when they were throwing out over priced losers like Kevin Brown, Jaret Wright and Carl Pavano, they had Chien-Ming Wang at age 25 sitting around in the minors who wasn't given a chance until those guys got hurt. Was he not major league ready or did they not even have a clue about him until they were forced to use him? Part of their problem for all of their change in philosophy towards the farm system is that some factions are still prone to thinking that guys like Shelley Duncan, Andy Phillips and Darrell Rasner are considered rookies.
Whether you believe that Boomer III should happen or that the Yanks should keep on throwing kids at the wall in Monument Park until they get a number that sticks, this much is clear, Kei Igawa needs to hit the showa and hit the road and hit the bricks and just go away forever.