1996. Yankees' home opener. Andy Pettitte glaring out from under the brim of his cap as snow cascaded down in the Bronx, ushering in a new era of championships, toughness and heart.
2007. Yankees' home opener. The coaching staff unzips Carl Pavano from his gimp suit and shoves him in the general direction of the pitching mound. Pavano stares blankly at his surroundings, confused, hesitant, afraid, ushering in a new era of...?