Posted by Sean Doyle, August 30, 2010
SUPER NOVAPhoto Courtesy of Frank Polich/Reuters
Yesterday, the Yanks beat the Chi-Sox in a brutal Second City heat. This veteran New York squad, so beset by injuries, looked to a youngster with approximately 0 career wins to lead them to victory. And lead them, Ivan Nova did. Nova pitched 5 and 2/3 innings of stellar one run ball back by 7 strikeouts and only one walk. This line was good enough to earn the rookie his first big show win and perhaps more importantly the high praise of his manager Joe Girardi "We're asking a young man to step up and that's exactly what he's doing," said Girardi after the game.
Look, the Bombers needed a spark and Nova provided a flame. I'm not fitting the kid for a Cooperstown Plaque but we needed this stiff kick in the ass. With Burnnett and Vazquez roaming blindly in the pitcher's wilderness, fresh arms are needed in the Bronx asap.
As one man starts the road to glory, another man takes a tragic fall....
THE FALLING STAR
Photo Courtesy of Doug Mills/ The New York Times
One day after Nova blinded the Chi-Sox with his Super Nova heat, a man known as The Rocket ambled into a DC courthouse, his legend fizzling all the way. Roger Clemens, a man of 354 career victories, 4,672 strikeouts, 7 Cy Young awards, 11 All Star nods, and 2 World Championships, a man known as The Rocket for his blistering fastball, that man looked a lumpy shell of his former self in our nation's capital today. Clemens was there to plead not guilty to felony charges of lying to a Congressional committee.
It's funny how life works. Five years ago, Nova was a skinny 18 year old kid living in the D.R. getting ready to navigate the minor leagues. Ivan Nova was then a name unknown to the world. On the other hand, Roger Clemens as a larger than life icon considered by many to be the greatest pitcher of all time, was a household name. Five years later as one man looks to the future with bright prospects, another man fights a losing battle to save his fading past.