Not perfect, but battle tested. Andy Pettitte was formally re-introduced as a Yankee this week and clearly he understands the stakes with this simple comment during his Yankee Stadium news conference: "We're not looking for playoff appearances, anything less then the World Series is kind of a failure".
He understands what so few on the outside looking in don't.
Apparently the Yanks are comfortable with Clemens not being ready to go until June/July. They've got several pitchers, several question marks (Pavano, Igawa, etc.), and by that time, they'll know better what they have and how aggressively they'll have to bid for Rocket's services.
A Jeff Karstens and Darrell Rasner sighting somewhere other than this site!! Joel Sherman on Yankees Hot Stove reported that in addition to the prospect of Clemens, another reason why they were willing to deal The Unit is because they like what they are seeing in some of the younger guys like Rasner and Karstens. What's up and get out of my face!
When these guys make their clutch spot starts and shut down the opposition for a crucial Yankee win this season, I won't say I told you so... but I TOLD YOU SO!