Everybody's friends with that one guy, who disappears for years at a time, then reappears when you least expect it. Yep, you're a little bit excited to see him and catch up. And then you remember why you haven't talked to him in years...
For the New York Yankees, that guy is Carl Anthony Pavano.
Pavano emerged from the evening's game something of a winner-but it was nothing to write home about. 5 IP, 3 ER, 7 Hits, yadda yadda. Basically, he had the definition of a "fifth starter" outing. Listen, if Pavano can give the pitching-deprived Yankees 5 Innings every outing and keep the Pinstripers in it-yeah, no one'll be complaining. But no one will be cheering, either.
There were a number of positives to detract from tonight's Yankee game-which was a success in nearly every area of the game...
1) Rodriguez is hitting again. After a number of games in Toronto in which he flirted with a golden sombrero-A Rod is swinging the bat. No matter how many times this guy lets me down in the clutch-I can't help but root for him.
2) Brian Bruney, Jose Veras, and Mariano Rivera are three of the Yankees most important players-and I'm dead serious. If Bruney and Veras can keep it up-this is one of the best Yankee bullpens of the past couple years.
3) Pavano worked in and out of jams. Always important to see how returning pitchers do in sticky situation-and C-Pav managed to wriggle out of disasters. Good for him.
The New York Yankees would like to send their thanks to the Boston Red Sox for their contributions to the New York Yankees Postseason Comeback. Greatly appreciated.
I get the feeling the Yanks play much better when they're written off and not receiving the media storm that they're accustomed to when they're deep in the hunt. As the title references, they're 5-2 in their last 7 and could easily be 6-1. Albeit against the elite Royals, Blue Jays, and the Bullimore Orioles. I'll take it, however.
Other Watercooler News... as I mentioned yesterday-the Olympic commercials continue to dominate. My personal favorite has to be this Nike Courage commercial. (http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=pit0zG1vswM) I got soul.