Freddy Garcia’s reaction to Pettitte’s return is worrisome

A lot of Yankees and their fans were thrilled last week when the news was broke that Andy Pettitte was returning to the Bronx this year. However, not everybody is thrilled. For one, some of the prospects on the farm can’t be too happy having another veteran blocking their progress. And then there is Freddy Garcia

Via Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com:

And asked his opinion of (Pettitte’s unexpected return), Garcia said, “I don’t really care. That’s their decision. I’m here to pitch and that’s what I want to do.”

And when he was asked if he thought Pettitte’s return was good for the team, Garcia had had enough. “I don’t know man,” he said. “Ask the people. I don’t know. I guess.”

And he got up and walked out.

Since Garcia has gotten here he has been a model teammate by all accounts, helping out the young pitchers and generally being a good guy. However, Pettitte’s return means less playing time and a likely trade for him and he obviously isn’t happy about that.

It’s hard to blame him, but like he told Matthews earlier in the interview, anything can happen with the Yankees. He signed very early on this offseason, when you do that it’s hard to tell what the team is going to look like opening day. In this case, he might not even be on it.

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4 Responses to Freddy Garcia’s reaction to Pettitte’s return is worrisome

  1. Bronx_Knight says:

    Freddy's negative attitude will only make a trade more likely. He did this last year when he was competing for a slot in the starting rotation, and said he was only with the Yankees to be a starter. I thought he had turned his attitude around recently when he said he was willing to do whatever it took to help the team, including pitch out of the pen. Too bad.

  2. NYYinATL says:

    I don't have a problem with Freddy. He's a competitor….a guy with great numbers last year who kept the Yankees in many ballgames…and a guy who signed a major league contract assuming he earned a rotation spot. Then the Yankees bring in Pineda, Kuroda and Andy and he's looking like a #7 when he could have signed elsewhere and been in the rotation. Now instead of choosing where he wants to play as a vet free agent, he'll probably be dealt wherever the Yankees want. Not ideally what you want as a free agent.

    Understanding his side aside…..I still believe if he IS with the team, he'll compete and be the professional pitcher and battler we saw last year! Even though he's got a puss on now, I don't see him taking that to the bump. If he does? Then yes….he's a problem.

  3. theboogiedown says:

    Hold on. Matthews asks him that question hoping to elicit some type of spark and then, when he speaks frankly, unlike most guys in pinstripes who tend to toe the line, we hold it against him? Not fair. The guy was being honest. He wants to pitch and his chances of doing a lot of it might be taking a big hit. We would all feel the same thing but are never asked, he was.

  4. Baseballman says:

    Freddie is a competitor and if they brought in someone that was going to take away playing time from you, you wouldn't be too happy either. Nobody wants to sit!!!