Via Richard Justice -
Andy Pettitte brings credibility, a winning attitude and a relentless work ethic to the Yankees. In the end, those things might end up being more valuable than anything he does on the mound.
The Yankees have been overhauled again this winter, and as manager Joe Girardi tries to instill the right mindset, people like Pettitte can play a huge role.
Those great Yankee teams got it, and Pettitte will help this Yankee team get it, too. No one knows what he has left in the tank. After all, Pettitte is a 36-year-old pitcher with a cranky elbow, and he is coming off a season in which he pitched terribly down the stretch (5.35 ERA after the All-Star break). Pettitte pitched hurt at the end of last season because his team needed him. He was setting an example for every other player in the clubhouse. His teammates knew he wasn’t right, and they appreciated his effort.
Pettitte is an interesting guy in that he doesn’t say much and needs an occasional kick in the pants. He isn’t a star in the way the Yankees sometimes measure stars. No headlines. No celebrity rating at all. He is just a baseball player — a good, tough baseball player who only wants to win. He doesn’t care if it is about him or someone else. He just wants another ring.
My prediction for Pettitte this season: 31 starts, 205 IP, and a record of 17-10. How do you think he’ll do?