Pettitte discusses future in wake of Rivera’s retirement announcement

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Via Dan Barbarisi: Andy Pettitte discussed his own future in the wake of Mariano Rivera announcing his intent to retire following the 2013 season. “It’s been a special run that we’ve all been on here—me, him, and (Derek Jeter),” Pettitte said. “In a sense I feel like it’s a run that should all end close together … It’s just weird — it’s like saying, do you think you could see yourself around here without Derek and Mo? Well, no, not really. But then you think, well, (Jorge Posada‘s) out, he’ll be out two years this year. The game goes on. Life goes on.”

Pettitte, 40, has already said he is undecided about pitching beyond this season. He told Barbarisi he believes he can figure handle pitching for another few years physically, but he will need to adjust as his velocity slides and stuff like that. Regardless of what the upcoming free agent pitching classes looked like, the Yankees should be open to signing Pettitte to one-year contracts for as long as he’s willing to pitch. There’s a trust factor there — I doubt Andy would continue to pitch if he stunk, got hurt, or just didn’t think he could be effective anymore.

Open Thread: 3/15 Camp Notes
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  • Midnight Rider

    Pettitte is not someone who can be believed about any subject. He is a cheat a perjurer and a intellectual man child who can’t get out of the Peter Pan / Forest Gump phase. It’s getting sad to watch and I am surprised his family whom he abandons year after year to feed his own school yard ego can stand to hear any more of his bull shit.

    • jjyank

      What are you blabbering about? Pettitte’s family are the ones that urged him to pitch again.

      • Barry

        If it was anything like when my pops retired, his woman was probably begging him to get out of the house.

        • jjyank

          And his kids are teenagers. I bet the love the fact that they can watch their dad pitch (successfully) at the MLB level for the New York Freaking Yankees, and be old enough to appreciate it.

      • Alkaline

        Shhh. Stop ruining the narrative!

    • Rizi Walnuts

      Missed your meth appointment?

    • Sam

      Wow, that’s an ‘unexpected’ perspective. A little harsh don’t ya think? And given everything Pettitte has said and done about HGH and continuing his career, really off the mark. To each his own I guess.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Go jump off a bridge.

  • Sam

    What if they asked Jeter the same thing? Playing without Pettitte and Mo, esp if he has a down year (perish the thought).

    • Dalek Jeter

      Well, he’s played with out Andy, and played most of last season w/o Mo. I know it’s not the same, but unless he has a good (not great) year and the team wins the World Series, I think he picks up the player option for 2014. If it’s because he has a down year in 2013, the competitive side of him will want to prove he’s still got it. If it’s because he had a great year, he’ll just want to keep playing to keep playing. If he has a good year but the team doesn’t win the World Series, he’ll say “well, I still have some in the tank, and I want to try one more time to win a sixth.”

  • RetroRob (Live from Amsterdam)

    DATELINE: February, 2023

    In an exclusive interview with River Avenue Blues, a Rupert Murdoch publication, Andy Pettitte, 50, announced his intentions to pitch one final season for the defending world champion New York Yankees. Pettitte, the former 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner, seven-time All-Star and owner of 381 career wins, admits to being intrigued by the opportunity to reach 400 career wins, while acknowledging it’ll be a difficult road considering he has only twice won 19 or more games in a season the past nine years.

    Pettitte technically has already eclipsed 400 career wins last when adding in his thirty-five career postseason victories, but the nine-time world champion is quick to dismiss any talk about his eventual HOF induction. “I don’t really have all that much stuff wise, never did,” said Pettitte. “I’m just a grinder.”

    Pettitte’s official retirement announcement is expected this Saturday at A-Rod Field in Tampa, where he’ll be joined by new team owner Rodriguez, who recently won control of the team in a court battle with the Steinbrenner family, now living in exile on the island Elba, team president Brian Cashman, and several current teammates including Mason Williams, Ty Hensley, Derek Jeter, league MVP Tyler Austin, and his son and teammate Josh Pettitte. Slade Heathcott is not expected to make the announcement as he’s currently recovering from his 17th shoulder surgery.

    Click the iHolo link below to experience the interview, conducted by Joe Pawlikowski in his first contribution to RAB in who knows how long.

    • I anot the droids you’re looking for…

      Nicely done.

      To me the question is whether Andy will do the organization a solid and pitch for like $2 million in ’14. $189mm will be tough enough without also paying Andy $13mm or whatever.

    • mt

      This is hilarious – isle of Elba reference is the funniest.

    • Dalek Jeter

      17th right shoulder surgery. God, you can never trust these future reports, they always miss the details.

    • Luke

      Funniest thing I’ve read in awhile. ha ha ha

    • jesse

      Got some nice laughs out of this. Well done.

    • Max

      this is COMPLETE crap…

  • trr

    gotta believe this is his last go-round

  • Get Phelps Up

    No game thread?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Agree with Mike. He has the opportunity to pitch for this team until he, and the team, feel he can no longer do it.

  • Another Bronx Dynasty

    RetroROB that was hysterical.

    ARod new team owner?

    Two change’s I would have made…Would have preferred if you changed it to new Team Owner Derek Jeter, and Yankees President Joe Torre.

    Other than that it was terrific!

  • @NotJackCurry

    Makes you wonder why he retired in the 1st place?

    One reason could be to clean up his system from HGH, no?

    He is friends with Clemens and teammates with ARod.

    And the only reason he admitted using it is because he was caught.