In what has become an annual off-season question for Pettitte, I asked Andy if he would play again next year and if it’s possible he would come back to play for the Astros?
“The three years were great here, there’s no doubt about it. But at this point in my career, it’ll be New York or it’ll be nowhere for sure. (I) just feel like I’ve done too many things up there and too many special things up there with that group of guys for too many years, not to finish it up … up there,” he said.
Pettitte has no timetable about when he’ll make his decision, but he did make it clear if he pitches in 2011, it will be his last season. Period.
“I’m just going to wait and see what my heart wants me to do. Right now, I can tell you my heart’s right here in Deer Park. If something happens and I play one more year that would be it. It would be one more year and that would be it,” he said.
He says, right now, he just wants to relax and enjoy the family and then he’ll figure out his situation for next year.
Pettitte went 11 & 3 for the Yankees in 2010 and helped pitch the team into the ALCS, so he’s confident he can still pitch in the majors.
But he says,”my kids are getting older and one’s going to be out of high school real soon, and I’m not going to miss his whole high school. I want to be able to be here and see some of his stuff and you can’t see his stuff playing major league baseball. I just feel like a have a big responsibility here. I have three boys. I feel like I need to be around and raise them and I feel like we’re getting to that point where it’s the crucial ages of their lives that I need to be around a little bit more.”
Prediction: If the Yankees don’t sign Cliff Lee, they’ll resign Pettitte and give him the “Clemens” deal where he can go home on the days between his starts. And, if the Yankees do sign Lee, they’ll make Andy an offer that’s really low-ball and full of incentives. But, Pettitte will see that as a slap and then decide to retire – until the Astros then offer him the “Clemens” type package to try and get him to play one more year. Shoot, maybe even the Rangers will offer him the “Clemens” deal too?