Note to Roger: We didn’t want you anyway.
(Hmmmph. Flipping my hair.)
Listen, call me crazy – but. I did want him. I don’t care what the papers say about how our pitching staff is full, and we wouldn’t have had room for him anyway, yada yada yada. To me, those are saving face answers. Yes, I know that the newspapers printed a quote that morning from the Red Sox saying we don’t need the “Rocket”. I say – to hell with that – what could it hurt? Listen, it’s early in the season – and while all is going okay right now, we can’t live in the “right now”. Injuries can happen at a moment’s notice. What happens if DiceK can’t get command of the ball? What happens if Lester isn’t able to come back as anticipated. Do you want to keep Tavarez in the rotation long term? I don’t. Wouldn’t it make sense to have him in middle relief somewhere – and if that’s the game plan and Lester isn’t able to come back, well then what? What’s the back up plan? Might have been kind of nice to have Roger Clemens in the rotation, with Tavarez as the back up plan - is what I’m thinking.
Sure, we can all laugh and say “but he’s all the Yankees have...” or, “he’s really just an NL pitcher”. But it sure would’ve been nice to tout that he was in our rotation, wouldn’t it? It wouldn’t have hurt any to stick yet another thorn in the side of Steinbrenner, either.
I don’t know a lot all the ins and outs about baseball, admittedly. And maybe I sound silly in my thought processes, but I know what I think makes sense and so I can’t help but spout it.
Isn’t that what all armchair managers do?