April 22, 2007
SEEKING SALVATION IN A BINGO HALL:
Yankees need Clemens immediately, if not sooner (Wallace Matthews, April 22, 2007, Newsday)
[W]hat happened to the Yankees yesterday and what is likely to happen to them tonight is simply not acceptable, coming into Boston with one major-league starter and two minor-league call-ups for a series against the only team realistically standing between them and October.
The Yankees' new policy of fiscal restraint is admirable in many ways and many cases. But this isn't one of them. The season is only 16 games old, the Red Sox are only three games in front and as of today, the Yankees still have only one dependable starting pitcher.
"I wouldn't say we're hanging on," Joe Torre said. "My feeling is, we just need to hold our own here."
Who was the last Yankee manager to say a thing like that? Stump Merrill?
For the first time in their recent history, the Yankees are living like mortals, with not enough pitching, with too many key guys hurt and with no easy answers in sight.
This is the kind of thing that happens with regularity in Pittsburgh and Kansas City and Tampa Bay, but not in the Bronx and certainly not at Fenway when the Yankees come to town, even if the season is a mere 16 games old.
Much as we in Red Sox Nation would like to sign him as a kind of extravagant cherry to top our dominant pitching sundae, the Rocket is 45 years old and two years removed from the time when steroids could be used freely. It's a little much to expect him to save a team that's old, bad on defense and has only two major league pitchers, one still in AAA. Posted by Orrin Judd at April 22, 2007 12:00 AM