Wow – what a weekend for Yankee news. I was at the Stadium on Saturday for Wang’s almost-perfect game, and then I was listening to the post-game on 880 yesterday when I heard about The Rocket’s dramatic landing in the Bronx. And all the while, the Yankees have been quietly winning their way back to .500. May is going to be a good month if this first week is any indication.
Well now, seeing how Pavano may need surgery again (are you KIDDING me???) and Igawa likes to play Jekyll and Hyde with us on alternating weeks, the rotation in June should look like this: WANG, PETTITE, MUSSINA, ROCKET, HUGHES (and keep in mind, Hughes is probably a number one or two pitcher when he’s on, and will most likely move up this list as the season progresses).
I’ll take that rotation any day, even if the Yankees had to reach into their wallets for Mr. Rogers. He’s a proven winner in the Bronx, a true warrior, and I believe he wouldn’t put himself back on the mound if he didn’t think he could perform at a high level. Plus, what he brings to the clubhouse is immeasurable, and I like the idea of the “Real Rocket” grooming “The Next Rocket” over the course of this season.
One of the reasons we love being Yankee fans is because of days like Sunday. And oh yeah, A-Rod continues to hit, and hit in the clutch, even if the balls aren’t leaving the park as often as the were in April. So far this season, Alex is 8 for 12 with RISP and two outs, with 5 home runs and a boatload of RBI. Keep up the great work everyone!