There’s never a dull moment covering sports, especially in New York. There isn’t a day I wake up where something doesn’t make me say ‘woah!”
The Andy Pettitte comeback came out of the bullpen left field. He signed on with the Yankees to be a special instructor and claims he got the itch to play after throwing batting practice. It was just over a year ago that he stood over the microphone and stated that he was retiring because he wanted to spend more time with his family. As Derek Jeter put it, “Perhaps after spending more time with his family his wife and kids told him to go pitch….“
Most of the talk is centered around how Pettitte will do and what the rotation will now look like. Freddy Garcia is the clear guy out. Even if they were to give him the fifth spot in the rotation over Phil Hughes, when Pettitte is ready, it’s Garcia who will be out, not Hughes. Phil has already proved he can pitch from the bullpen if needed and has a ton of upside.
The most interesting aspect to me in what will absolutely prove to be a New York media circus is that the Roger Clemens trial is scheduled to start just about the same time that Andy Pettitte is expected to be ready to pitch, mid to late April, as Pettitte is scheduled to be a witness. Am I the only one who sees that as a distraction?
I can’t tell you how Andy Pettitte will perform this season, but I can tell you that from a writer’s standpoint he will be fun to cover. Stay tuned…