CC Sabathia: My instinct is to believe he'll be fine -- and by fine, I mean in the vicinity of 20 wins come October -- but man, that 14-to-12 walk-to-K ratio has to be at least a little alarming to the Steinbrenner Boys, doesn't it?
A.J. Burnett: Nothing you can do but tip your hat right now -- he's been terrific. But it's a long season, and business rarely wanes for Dr. James Andrews in the summer.
Chien-Ming Wang: Twenty-three runs in six innings? Just call him the Taiwanese Kevin Jarvis. Maybe the Indians would take him straight up for Carl Pavano.
Joba Chamberlain: If this hillbilly love-child of Roger Clemens and Mindy McCready zips one by Kevin Youkilis's head tomorrow night, it . . . is . . . on. And I've got to admit, I wouldn't mind a little scrap to up the intensity.
Andy Pettitte: He had the honor of making the final start at the old Yankee Stadium, and he's still regarded by the local jackals as a class act, a True Yankee. Roger Clemens got no acknowledgment whatsoever that night, and his reputation and life is in self-inflicted shambles. Honestly, I'm not sure if that is fair or not.
Mo Rivera: If they gave out a Most Respected Opponent award in baseball, he might win the thing every year. When he retires -- if he retires -- I'll miss him. Happily.
As for today's Completely Random Basketball Card:
I'm not sure if the Celtics win tonight. But I refuse to believe that they'll go quietly. (In a related note, fantastic, insightful piece by Jackie Mac on Rajon Rondo at ESPN.com today. Great read.)
About Touching All The Bases
Irreverence and insight from Chad Finn, a Globe/Boston.com sports writer and media columnist. A winner of several national and regional writing awards, he is the founder and sole contributor to the TATB blog, which launched in December 2004. Yes, he realizes how lucky he is.