Friday, March 16, 2012
Pettitte return to the Yankees thrilling news
It’s a good thing I never turned off my Andy Pettitte Google alert.
If I had turned it off, I might not have learned the shocking, but exciting news that Pettitte is coming back to the New York Yankees (I’m in Pittsburgh to watch Syracuse play in the tournament). I was very surprised because he seemed happy in retirement, spending time with his family. But he obviously missed baseball too much and missed the Yankees too much to stay away. I couldn’t be more thrilled that he has decided to give his career another go.
Of course, it will take some time before he is baseball ready. But I have no doubt that Pettitte can quickly reclaim the #2 spot in the Yankees rotation right behind CC Sabathia. Hideki Kuroda and Freddy Garcia are solid starters and the Yankees have some very talented youngsters on their staff. But there’s no one Joe Girardi, Brian Cashman and the Steinbrenners trust more than Pettitte, which is why Hal Steinbrenner loosened up the purse strings despite his tough budget talk. They wanted Pettitte back in the fold because they know he gives them a better chance to win.
I personally cannot wait until May when Pettitte is expected to be ready to start. I will be clamoring for a ticket to that baseball game to welcome him back with open arms.