So Cliff Lee manhandles the Yankees in Game One, coming into their house, slapping around their guys, drinking all their beer and having his way with their women.

And now, with the Yankees facing a must-win scenario, unless they want to head to Philly down two games, all eyes turn to Pedro.

Petey’s been persona non grata in New York for some time, and I can only imagine the “Who’s Your Daddy” chants raining down before he even sets foot on the mound. But I’m also guessing there’s a bit of fear. I mean, this is the closest these knuckleheads in the Bronx have come to tasting a World Series title in six seasons. In their wildest dreams, did they ever think that Pedro F@#king Martinez would be one of the obstacles they’d have to pass to get to the promised land? What if he beats that stacked line-up and sends them stumbling 0-2 into Citizens Bank Park? What if he comes out victorious against their twenty-bazillion dollar ace?

And I believe Pedro when he says things like wanting to face New York instead of Anaheim in the Series. Like he’s got unfinished business or somethin’. Like he still owes them a swift beat down. He certainly sounds pretty fired up in quotes like these, from yesterday’s pregame conference:

“You guys have used me and abused me. I remember quotes in the paper, ‘Here comes the man that New York loves to hate.’ Man? None of you have probably ever eaten steak with me or rice and beans with me to understand what the man is about. You might say the player, the competitor, but the man? You guys have abused my name. You guys have said so many things, have written so many things.”

Pedro versus the Yankees. Once again. With even bigger stakes on the line.

This may be the most I’ve ever been excited for non-Red Sox baseball.