It takes a certain testicular fortitude to find success in New York. Many have come to the Yankees for the fat paycheck and promise of eternal glory. Some make it, and some shrink before it. The Jury is still out on Phil Hughes, but the Yanks would be nuts to give up on him now.
Hughes has been in the unenviable position of having essentially grown up in front of the bright lights of Yankee Stadium. He's gone through the awkward growing pains but even as early as 2007, as a rookie, we saw him stand in for the shriveled remains of Roger Clemens and become a man. Yankees fan surely saw what Rex Ryan believed he saw in Vernon Gholston.