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Maybe it’s not Carl Pavano‘s fault that he hurt his shoulder in 2005, right after signing that $39 million, 4-year deal. Maybe it’s not his fault that, in 2006, he spent the entire season rehabbing a bruised ass. The car accident in August of that year that left him with two broken ribs? That’s just unlucky. Sure, he probably should have informed the team about the accident and the broken ribs, rather than show up for a minor league rehab start only to walk off the mound after a handful of painful pitches. But hey, nobody’s perfect. And surely it’s not his fault that in 2007, he went on the DL again with an elbow strain, and then had Tommy John surgery.

Don’t blame Pavano for his injuries. They could happen to anyone. But do blame him for his relationship blunders. You only get one chance with Miss South Beach, Carl. She was a hottie, and you let her get away. What a dope.

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