Andy Pettitte's future may be in doubt, but his past is etched in stone.
- 10/17/99, LA Times: "“They talked about me being traded every year … but this year, I really thought I might be gone,” Pettitte said."
- 1/25/00, CNN/SI.com: "Just a few months ago, Andy Pettitte figured his career with the New York Yankees was about to end....
- Steinbrenner pushed for the trade with the Phillies, but Torre and general manager Brian Cashman urged The Boss to give Pettitte another chance.
- challenge to his pitcher to "show what kind of
- man he is.""... You asked for a man?
- Reference, CNN/SI article by AP, Jan. 25, 2000, "Yanks, Pettitte Agree to 3-year, $25.5 million dollar deal"
- he helped New York avoid 0-2 deficits in the
- AL Division Series against the Minnesota Twins,
- the AL Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox
- and this World Series. (vs the Marlins)
Yet Pettitte, tied with the Atlanta Braves' John Smoltz for most postseason wins at 13,
- often gets lost in the shuffle of a rotation that's had its share of high-profile pitchers.
- And even after his successful postseason, Pettitte, a free agent,
- might not be back for his 10th season in New York.
Since 1996, when the Yankees first beat the Braves in the World Series, there was New York's favorite son, David Cone, who also pitched for the Mets. There was the dramatic story of Cuban defector Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez. There was David Wells' return, Roger Clemens' march toward 300 wins and Mike Mussina's big-money contract.
- "Andy has always been under the radar gun," manager Joe Torre says.
Pettitte might not be a vocal guy, "but he's legendary in our neck of the woods," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says. "We know what he has done."
- Pettitte had 10 strikeouts, a postseason high for his career, against the Twins to even the AL Division Series.
- He held the Red Sox to two runs in 6 2/3 innings in winning Game 2 of the ALCS. (He also had a no-decision in Game 6 of that series.)
And, on three days' rest in the second game of this World Series,
coming within one out of becoming the first Yankees pitcher to toss a complete game in the World Series since Ralph Terry beat the San Francisco Giants 1-0 on the road in Game 7 in 1962."...
- Antonen was right. Amazingly after this long and gutty post season performance, the Yankees kept Pettitte sitting by a phone that did not ring during the exclusive window. Apparently not confident about his immediate future, they could have made a simple call to their born and raised Yankee hero, explaining their doubt. No such decency was forthcoming.
- George was probably bothered that Andy didn't pitch drunk, get in bar fights, beat his wife, pick up hookers, etc. (sm)
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