From mlb.com -
Andy Pettitte has already come to one important decision this offseason. The left-hander will either pitch for the Yankees in 2008, or he will not pitch at all.
The 35-year-old Pettitte told a television station on Tuesday at his Houston-area golf tournament that he is in no rush to trigger his $16 million player option for next season, with a decision required by 10 days after the close of the World Series.
But Pettitte confirmed that he does not intend to turn down the option to pitch for another team.
“The New York Yankees committed an awful lot of money to me and put it in my hands, gave me a player option and trusted me with that option,” Pettitte told KRIV-TV. “It probably wouldn’t be real honorable for me not to do anything other than if I shut it down, shut it down or go back and play for the New York Yankees.”
O.K., that’s all great. But, from the same report, we have this:
Pettitte said that the Yankees lined up three strong candidates in Girardi, Don Mattingly and Tony Pena, all of whom would have made good choices.
“The three guys they interviewed, it would have been great for any of them,” Pettitte said. “They are all great men. I don’t think they could have went wrong with anybody they picked.
“I played with Joe. He’s caught me plenty. He’s a great baseball man. He’s going to do a good job for them.”
He’s going to do a good job for them.
Andy, did you say “them“? (And, not “us”?)
I’m starting to get a little nervous that Pettitte is leaning towards retirement.