"I think he was there mentally," said Russell Martin, among those answering questions in Soriano's absence. "He was throwing the ball with conviction, I think." (Source) "I think." That's the best Martin can say about his pitcher because ultimately he doesn't know. But have no doubt about it, his teammates are already questioning his dedication, and this is the guy you paid $35 million to pitch one inning.
When Girardi was asked if perhaps closers just don't have the same intensity in non-save situations he answered: “It’s too early to judge that. That’s something we’ll have to evaluate as we go on.” (Source). Really? Because it seems every team he's ever pitched for would be able to tell you that he absolutely lacks intensity when asked to pitch in situations he feels are below him. Including the Rays who in their division series elimination game asked Soriano to pitch only to see him throw a fit for being asked to pitch in a non-save situation, and then watched him allow the Rangers to blow the game open.
Soriano is going to hold a lot of games for Mariano, I don't doubt that. But even then, this signing was, is, and forever will be one of the dumbest signings I'll ever get to witness. Even worse than Carl Pavano, because at least Pavano made for funnier punchlines.