New York Yankees fans really hate "American Idle" Carl Pavano [PHOTO]
Coming off a 2003 season where he posted an 18-8 record and a 3.00 ERA for the Florida Marlins, Carl Pavano opted to pitch in the City That Never Sleeps in December 2004, signing a four-year contract with the Yankees worth $39.95 million.
He spent much of the next four seasons on the disabled list with a bum shoulder, bruised ass (not kidding), auto-accident-related rib injury, and "left hip injury," among other maladies. His four-year stint was as disastrous as any since George W's first administration, and by the end of the 2008 season the New York media had taken to calling Pavano "American Idle."
Last night, Pavano, now with the Twins, pitched just his second game in New York since leaving the Yankees, and guess what? The fans there still hate him.
Pavano got off to an inauspicious start by giving up back-to-back home runs to Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson right out of the gate, but then settled in nicely and ended up pitching seven strong innings, helping the Twins to a rare victory over the Bronx Bombers.
Yankees partisans showered Pavano with boos when he was introduced before the game, but the boos couldn't possibly have equaled what Pavano heard when he initially returned to pitch against New York as a member of the Cleveland Indians in the summer of 2009. On that occasion, the boos were so strong that they prompted the Yankee Stadium scoreboard operator to display The Best Closed Captioning Of All Time. To wit:
After last night's game, a reporter asked Pavano if returning to New York is a big deal for him, given how much Yankees fans hate his guts.
"No, it wasn't about coming in here and putting anything behind me,'' said Pavano, who the New York Post characterizes as "in the argument" for biggest pinstriped bust of all time. "Everything I went through is behind me.''
Speaking of behinds, did I mention that Pavano began the 2006 season on the disabled list because of a bruised ass? We don't sympathize with Yankees fans too often, but after wasting $40 million for four years of American Idle, it's hard to blame New York baseball fans for wanting to re-bruise his butt with a swift kick.
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