Lots of stuff here that are worthy. We'll start with the big headline and then move to these last three games versus the Mariners.
As everyone found out just recently - Roger Clemens is coming back as a Yankee. 1 year deal - $28 million. Serious Jack. After I calmed down, I thought it was interesting to hear his speculation on when he'll be making his return - could be in Boston 1st week of June. My feeling is that would be fun, but way too over the top and will probably have him take the mound a week later in the stadium against the Pirates.
Implications on the pitching staff: If merit has anything do with it, Rassner who after 4 games has a 2.75 ERA would be moved as the permanent #5 starter, and Igawa shipped out for long middle relief like a Mendoza type. Implications on the team in general is clear - confidence. The #1 ingredient in playing like a Yankee is the confidence and expecting to win everyday. The guys in the dugout looked like kids on Christmas morning when the announcement was made.
Kudos to Brian Cashman on getting the deal done. Cashman has now out dueled Boston's front office on three very high profile deals: A-Rod, Damon, and now Clemens. I'm glad he's on our side - when he's given the green light to get it done - he gets it done. Awesome job.
Lesser Notes of Interest: Yanks have now won 5 of their last 6. Starting pitching is always the story and take a look at the job that Wang and Rassner did. They stepped it up huge. I liked Phelps aggression, but it was unnecessary running over Seattle's catcher the way he did. At least he took getting plunked like a man and just trotted to first. Posada and Giambi are off to great starts to the year batting .344 and .319 respectively. Jeter looks to give the batting crown yet another run as he's stepping in at .353. I believe Pavano is done for the season - I thought I heard that, but have yet to find it confirmed anywhere. Matt DeSalvo gets his shot at the show - yet another promising prospect coming from the farm. Yes, having Clemens back is exciting and we want to win now, however, I would say that with the likes of Wang, Hughes, Rassner, Karstens, Wright and DeSalvo on the Pinstripes payroll- 2009 may not look so bad either.
What a weekend of sports. Sabres advance, what a f$%^&! game Friday night was, and now we can look forward to a series against the dastardly skaters from Ottawa. Mayweather beat the Golden Boy much to my disappointment, and the Kentucky Derby happened didn't it?? Punctuated by the return of two time Yankee World Series champion Roger Clemens. What a weekend indeed.