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The off-season keeps getting worse for the New York Yankees, as ace Andy Pettitte finally gave word that he was not physically ready for the 2011 season.

What does this mean exactly?

It construes that Pettitte has not been preparing this off-season for an on-time return to the Bronx, but he is could come back later on.

This is starting to sound a little to ‘Brett Favre’ for my likes, but it is also shocking that Pettitte would be so inconsiderate to his teammates.

Why not tell this to the Yankees in December?

The selfless thing and what Pettitte should have done, was inform the Yankees the moment he decided not to train. That would have been over a month ago.

People retire all the time that held their jobs for decades longer than Pettitte, and it is a hard adjustment for anyone to get used too. Still, there is a line of respect that an individual owes their employer and fellow co-workers by not making about personal apprehension.

This flip-flopping by Pettitte is unwarranted, considering the team needs his talents more than ever this coming season.

Pettitte’s uncertainty is natural, but it doesn’t make his actions right.

The Yankees, like any other sports franchise deserves players to give there all for the entire time required. That is part of the deal.

To play or not to play is a cowardly stance to take. It casts Pettitte in a very unflattering light.

Baseball is a team sport, and Pettitte’s doubtfulness does answer one question.

Sadly, Andy Pettitte is not a team player anymore. Please stay retired and thanks for the memories.

8 Comments

  1. Mikhel says:

    While i don't agree with some things you said (or the way you said them =d), i agree in the point you're makig:

    a) The Yanks need pitching, not only that, they need Andy.

    b) The Yanks have been waiting for him to decide.

    c) Pettitte kept on pondering what he'll do, that's a bit of a lack or respect towards the Yanks organization.

    d) If Pettitte has not trained, its better to say "sorry, i am not ready, if i go without my proper training it could put too much pressure on my teammates if i start to fail" (kinda like the whole Clemens or Pedro Martínez' deal).

    e) the most important thing… hello lady Yankee i like your nickname =).

    Cheers!

    Mike

    • Kate says:

      It is disrespectful of Pettitte or any athlete for that matter to make it "all about me." Any athlete that has that much influence on a team's success, like Pettitte, your decision impacts how the team moves forward. Even though Pettitte told Cashman to move on without him, he is still undecided and that gives false hope because he is not saying no. Clemens impact was not nearly as big as Pettitte's currently is for the 2011 season.

      Thanks for the nickname love.

  2. Tanned Tom says:

    Pettitte "owes" the Yanks nothing. Take as long as you need Andy. If it's goodbye then thanks for everything, if it's not then welcome back, we'd love to have you. To suggest otherwise is childish and in poor taste.

    • Kate says:

      I am not saying that if Pettitte decided to retire I would be pissed, quite the contrary. I would respect his decision either way, but not leave the team and the fans hanging in a season when we need him. Retire fine, but false hope is lingering and that is not a great, nor fair feeling to put on anyone.

      Don't forget that the Yankees stood beside Pettitte when the PED stuff came out.

  3. Matt says:

    Nice post. I agree that he could have mentioned this back in December, but maybe he really was undecided until now. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt on that. By the way, "… sound a little to ‘Brett Favre’ for my likes…" Should be "too."

    I'm liking your blog though…

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