Yankees SP Carl Pavano is hoping that this year will be better than last. But he still hasn’t put all of his 2006 mistakes behind him.
Last September we told you Pavano was in a car crash in which he broke two ribs. Pavano, being the master of public relations that he is, initially didn’t report the crash to the Yankees and instead pretended like nothing had happened. But, once he took the mound, he realized he couldn’t pitch and was forced to fess up.
Today, the New York Daily News is reporting that the other driver involved in that crash is suing Pavano and the Yankees. From the Daily News:
Ernest DeLaura, 47, also named the Yankees as a defendant when he filed the lawsuit 2 months ago in Bronx state Supreme Court. Although the suit was brought in New York, DeLaura lives in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and the accident occurred in West Palm Beach, Fla.
DeLaura sought an unspecified amount of money in the lawsuit, which requested a default judgment of $5 million if Pavano and the Yankees failed to answer the complaint. DeLaura already has undergone shoulder surgery and faces a possible operation on his neck, said his lawyer, Paul Edelman.
Pavano was scratched from his start last night for personal reasons. Doubtful this suit will do much to further his relationship with Yankees ace Mike Mussina, or with the rest of his teammates for that matter.
Then again, it probably couldn’t hurt the burgeoning modeling career of Pavano’s fiance, Gia Allemand, who was sitting next to him in his Porsche on that ill-fated autumn evening. Allemand has quite a following here at Umpbump, and she is currently entered into Maxim Magazine’s “Hometown Hotties” contest, which she is destined to win since, as her grandfather would gladly tell you, “She is a hottie!” Winning that contest would put Gia one step closer to her ultimate goal: doing the nasty with Derek Jeter.
Meanwhile, the fashion design career of another of Pavano’s ex-lovers is kicking into high gear. Alyssa Milano, formerly of Who’s the Boss? and Charmed fame, has reached a deal with MLB to sell her line of MLB-themed clothing aimed at women and girls. As part of the deal, her clothes will be available in 11 ballparks as well as outside retailers.
Milano’s clothes aren’t popular with everyone here at Umpbump, but something tells me she’ll do just fine.