• Tom Pettitte & The Heartbreaker (Maybe)

    Posted by on November 29th, 2007 · Comments (4)

    From Jack Curry

    Seven weeks after Andy Pettitte’s season ended with the Yankees, he is no closer to deciding if he will return and pitch for them again next season. Tom Pettitte, Andy’s father, said yesterday that Pettitte has not determined if he will retire or rejoin the Yankees for his 14th major league season.

    “He’s so torn right now,” Tom Pettitte said. “Everybody knows that he was done last year and he didn’t want to play because he wanted to be with his kids. That’s what this is all about. He’s not looking for more money or anything.”

    Tom Pettitte said Andy had not mentioned the Yankees’ pursuit of Santana and had also been mum as Alex Rodriguez, Posada and Mariano Rivera all agreed to return. But Tom Pettitte said Andy’s silence about the Yankees’ off-season decisions was not unusual.

    “When I talk to him, I don’t even ask him about baseball,” Tom Pettitte said. “When he’s with me, he’s looking for a place to release. He doesn’t want to talk about baseball.”

    On most days, Tom Pettitte said, Andy attends football practices for his sons, Josh and Jared. Jared’s team in Deer Park, Tex., is playing in a championship game this weekend. Besides attending practices and games, Tom Pettitte said, Andy also goes hunting.

    “I guess if he hadn’t had as much success as he’s had or accomplished as much as he’s accomplished, I don’t know, it might be different,” Tom Pettitte said. “He’s pretty much accomplished everything he wanted to.”

    It’s not looking good folks (on a Pettitte return). Please help support Project P46. It’s still not too late to send Andy your thoughts and hopes. It might just help the Yankees – if you do.

    Comments on Tom Pettitte & The Heartbreaker (Maybe)

    1. jonm
      November 29th, 2007 | 11:07 pm

      No Project P46 from me. I’m getting quite sick of this act from a player who is only above average. Now because of this lame Hamlet impression, the Yankees are more likely to make a deal that seriously hurts the long-term future of the team.

      This makes him sound like such a delicate flower, a real prima donna. Maybe some day Pettitte will realize that it was a PRIVILEGE to have the opportunity to make $16 million pitching for the New York Yankees.

    2. November 30th, 2007 | 9:07 am

      Supply and demand, my friend.

      Would you rather “beg” a guy, who you know can do well, to come play for you at $16 mill – because you need SP badly? Or, would you rather trade all your pitching prospects, and pay a guy $100+ mill plus, who you don’t know can handle NY?

      Seems smarter and easier to send the $16 mill guy a card.

    3. MJ
      November 30th, 2007 | 9:11 am

      All due respect Jon but I just don’t see how you can say that. I don’t think he’s doing this as an act. I guess it’s a testament to your character that you’ve always been a decisive individual. Or maybe your life hasn’t afforded you the luxury of having ample time to make your decisions. But whatever the situation is, Pettitte’s not doing this to be a prima donna. He doesn’t know if he wants to play next year. At some point, he’ll decide. The Yanks aren’t NOT trading for Santana to hedge on Pettitte. They’d be in these discussions whether Pettitte was coming back or not.

      Further, this has nothing to do with money. You seem to be saying that Pettitte should want to come back for the $16M. Unlike most of these players, the money’s not really motivating him. If anything, that’s a breath of fresh air. How many times will fans bitch about players who only play for the money? Now we lament that he’s behaving unpredictably by not playing for the money? Ridiculous.

    4. jonm
      November 30th, 2007 | 10:03 am

      I see your point, MJ. I’m just venting my own subjective opinions with this post. I have great respect for the guys who keep playing until they can no longer meet their own standards of excellence (or the others who have to have someone else tell them that they’re done). I just like the idea of players actually loving the game. Leaving voluntarily a la Pettitte just offends my sense of propriety. It strikes me personally as disrespectful to the game.

      I disagree with you about the Santana effect. Sure, the Yankees would be in the Santana game no matter what, but, with the Pettitte uncertainty hanging over their head, I think that they will be willing to give up more (Hughes or Cano).

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