I am amazed at how much import Yankee fans (and some media) are putting on the return of Phil Hughes and the impending call-up of Chamberlain. These guys are babies. Yes, Hughes had some success before he got injured but we're talking TWO (or was it three) starts!
Chamberlain is even younger; is in a new environment (MLB); with new teammates; and most importantly in a new role - relief pitcher. What makes anyone think this (poor) kid can come in and save the team - especially in such a pressure role?
Mussina, Pettitte, Clemens (although he has tried), among others, with all their talent, experience, and I would hope hunger, haven't been able to propel this tease of a baseball club (using Phil Allard's description) into a real run. (It's almost like the players have reservations on a cruise leaving port on October 3rd. As soon as they go on a run - someone reminds them they will lose their deposits if they get in the playoffs!)
I don't want The Yanks to give up on the season - but I would hope that if this team makes a run it's with the concerted efforts of veteran players who should be embarassed at the record their team has; and are embarrassed at the thought of not making the playoffs with the salaries they are paid and the fan support they receive.
Expecting two minor league pitchers to facilitate that miracle is a bit much.