Wednesday, April 14, 2010

No second honeymoon for Javier Vazquez

For Javier Vazquez, there is no second honeymoon with the New York Yankees.

Any notion that Vazquez could ease into his second tenure with the Yankees by merely be a serviceable fourth starter behind CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett and Andy Pettitte was quickly cast aside today. Yankee fans let Vazquez know in no uncertain terms that they aren't happy with the start of his 2010 season, booing him frequently as he struggled today, giving up four runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Yankee fans are like elephants, we never forget. And it will take a tremendous performance by Vazquez throughout the year to erase the enduring memory of his first term with the Yankees, giving up the grand slam that buried the Yankees and put the Boston Red Sox into the 2004 World Series.

So far, his redemption tour is off to a bad start. If anything, the leash for Vazquez is going to be even shorter this time around because Yankee fans will have no patience for him keeping the Yankees from going on long winning streaks because of consistently bad starts.

If Vazquez really wants to get on the collective good side of the Yankee fan base, he's going to have to string together a number of strong starts and it needs to happen soon.

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