If you found your way into the Yankees’ clubhouse last year, inevitably, you’d end up near pitcher David Wells. It was hard to miss the round, loud-mouth pitcher whose locker stood in the middle of Legends Field Yankee Clubhouse.
Wells is gone, and his locker and number (33) now belong to Javier Vazquez. For many in the Yankees’ upper management, they are glad that is where the comparisons end. Vazquez, unlike Wells, works without fanfare, stays away from controversy and weighs 50 pounds less than the man he was brought in to replace.
Vazquez is one of the Yankees’ three new faces in the starting rotation, replacing Wells, Andy Pettitte, Roger Clemens and Jeff Weaver, who combined for 130 starts and 60 wins. While the new trio of Vazquez, Kevin Brown and Jon Lieber brought impressive resumes, there was no guarantee that they could pick up where the four had left off.