The earl of Essex, complete with head: Is Joe Girardi sticking his neck too far out?
Perhaps the trade of budding-superstar catcher Jesus Montero leaves lingering doubts
in Yankeeland during the height of the Hotstove League Season. Once upon a time, the idea of such a trade, dealing an everyday prospect for a pitcher that starts every fourth (nowadays fifth or even sixth) day, was no, no, and No!
But pitching is in such short supply in 2000s, offensive-heavy Major League Baseball that bringing in a young six-foot-seven-inch flamethrower trumps all the odds contra success over the long haul. Will Michael Pineda have the makeup to play in New York and not to succumb to the almost-inevitable Tommy John Surgery
? Yankees manager Joe Girardi has perhaps prevailed on upper management Hal Steinbrenner et al, with much on the line.