We haven’t heard much from Andy Pettitte this winter, but the a reporter caught up with him at a charity golf tournament in Texas and he had some interesting things to say.
Via Matt Musil of Khou.com:
“The three years were great here, there’s no doubt about it. But at this point in my career, it’ll be New York or it’ll be nowhere for sure. (I) just feel like I’ve done too many things up there and too many special things up there with that group of guys for too many years, not to finish it up … up there,” he said.
Pettitte has no timetable about when he’ll make his decision, but he did make it clear if he pitches in 2011, it will be his last season. Period.
“I’m just going to wait and see what my heart wants me to do. Right now, I can tell you my heart’s right here in Deer Park. If something happens and I play one more year that would be it. It would be one more year and that would be it,” he said.
First thing I want to say, if Pettitte doesn’t come back next season the Yankees are going to be left scrambling for another starter. They need Pettitte back. If their backup plan is Jorge de la Rosa that’s one huge drop-off and the Killer B’s (Dellin Betances, Andrew Brackman, and Manuel Banuelos) are still at the triple-A level and won’t quite be ready at the start of 2011.
Second is that it just doesn’t seem right to retire now. 2010 was a great season, but the way it ended for Pettitte was not a proper send-off. He flat out dominated in the first half only to spend most of the second half on the disabled list and then struggle with injuries in the playoffs.
I don’t know if they can get farther in 2011, but at least by knowing it would be his last year the Yankees can do things right and honor him the way he’s honered The Pinstripes while wearing them.
Finally the idea he might go somewhere else was not really a big threat this time around so that’s not big news. The fact that he’s leaning toward retirement is downright scary.