Pettitte’s Problem & Making The Move

January quickly winding down and a deal yet to be done to secure
Pettitte in pinstripes, or any uniform for that matter, for ’09,  I
think it’s time to cue the music:

it was once thought inevitable that a deal would be done between the
Yanks and Pettitte at one point this offseason, that clearly hasn’t
turned out to be the case, with Andy still unable to definitively say
that he’ll be playing in the new Yankee Stadium this year… or any
stadium at all, considering his second option was thought to be back to
Houston, but according to their owner, they don’t need him… So, what
does Andy do now? He signs on the damn dotted line. If, by some miracle,
Old Reliable is reading this right now, there are two things you ought
to know:

We seriously want to see you in pinstripes another year… or at least
I do. I know many other Yankee fans love to see new additions, something the Yanks could possibly resort to seeking for to fill the role of the 5th starter,
but I’d much rather see you in the rotation than any other guy the
Yanks could get, or already have.

The Yankees… period. You’ve spent enough time with the team to
realize who they are by now, so if you’re still hoping they’ll budge
on the offer, knowing full well that  you have no other options,
well… good luck. I know Obama has preached many times about hope and
change, but this wasn’t what he was talking about Andy. The Yanks
aren’t changing the deal. I know it, all of baseball knows it, and deep
down you know it too, so break out the ballpoint pen and give us
something to cheer about next year in El Estadio Numero Dos.

And speaking of that new hunk of concrete gorgeousness…

yanks move.jpg

was the day the Yanks packed up the glory days and moved it on over to
the new Yankee Stadium to hopefully bring some more of those days to
come. To simply say that I can not wait for the season to start may be the understatement of
the year.

Start the countdown till spring training.

Side Notes:

The MLB Network may be the greatest thing to hit TV since The Daily
Show and/or Colbert Report [if you don’t watch either one of those I’ve just lost
all respect for you], but it seems like the network has been showing a
hell of a lot of Red Sox, or is it just me? I don’t know, but I do
recall scanning the guide and seeing “Red Sox Memories” and games involving the
Red Sox being shown on the channel for an entire day once, and if that
continues to happen, well… God / Allah / Baby Jesus / Oprah Winfrey / Tom Cruise, help us. We really can’t handle another ESPN.

– Thank you Joseph L. Bruno. You’ve added to the multitude of reasons New York will forever be Gotham.

– Speaking of, The Dark Knight got robbed. How a film can earn 2nd most all time and not even earn a nomination for Best Picture is beyond me.
If Heath Ledger doesn’t win for Actor in a Supporting Role there is no
justice in the world… which I am, indeed, still young too realize is already



  1. Jane Heller

    I hear you on Pettitte, V. Since he’s out of options, except retirement, I have to believe he’ll come to his senses and sign. I hope so. I think Heath is as close to a lock for the Oscar as it gets. I’ll be shocked if he doesn’t win. It’ll be bittersweet for sure.

  2. Elizabeth D

    It seems like the Yanks are Petite’s only option, and everyone is taking a pay cut this season so it looks like he’ll have to settle. Hopefully no hard feelings? Same goes for Jason Varitek. There’s an offer on the table he needs to take, without consulting Scott Boras.
    The MLB Network has been airing some ‘Red Sox Memories’ and what not, but I’ve seen some Yankee specials as well. They had the ’95 and ’96 seasons and they had a great 2001 special. I know they didn’t win in 2001, but everyone was rooting for them because if baseball was gonna come back, it had to come back in NY.
    The Dark Knight has got to win something!!!

  3. flairforthedramatic

    Jane – Having Pettitte and Moose still with the team for ’09 was what I wanted most going into the offseason.. with half of that dream already crushed, I’ll cry if the other half doesn’t come true.

    Joe – Oh god. Pettitte in blue and orange.. my eyes may not survive the sight.

    Elizabeth – “He’ll likely have to settle.” It’s statements like that make you realize how unfair the world is… the guy will have to SETTLE for only 10 million.. sheesh lol.
    Yeah they had a few Yankee specials, but I don’t know, I was seeing a lot more Red Sox than I wanted to 😉
    Heath Ledger better win his award. If not, screw the Oscars… they have always been the most boring awards show anyway.. hehe.

    – V [F4Td]

  4. juliasrants

    There have been some Red Sox shows recently – but they have also covered a lot of other teams & series & World Series on MLB Network. I think the schedule is online. And wasn’t the first game shown on it a YANKEES game???

    Sadly. it’s not surprising about the Dark Knight. Those sorts of movies never make the cut. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy was shut out until ‘The Return of the King” came out – and won only because they had no choice but to nominate it!


  5. bern_asoto

    Pettitte, Pettitte, Pettitte! I’m tired of hearing about this guy. The Yankees are on the right track, moving towards a younger rotation with Sabathia, Burnett and Wang. I want to see them go after another young pitcher, rather than sticking Pettitte back in the mix.
    Everyone remembers what Pettitte did in the late ’90s. He has a lot of sentimental value. But sentimental value will not win you championships.

  6. flairforthedramatic

    Bob – I don’t really have a problem with it persay, I was just noticing a trend and hoping that the Red Sox aren’t taking the network over. That is one of my favorite movies ever. Possibly the greatest movie ever made. I went to see it in theaters at least 3 times when it came out. Left a whole in my wallet but it was well worth it.
    Julia – Okay okay, they have some Yankee love, but if they dedicate another whole day to the Red Sox I’m going to shake my head.
    I knew The Dark Knight wasn’t the type of movie to get an oscar but c’mon, when a film earns that much, and is loved by both critics and viewers [that never happens] then how the heck does it not even earn a nomination, much less the actual oscar?
    This Fan’s Life – Pettitte is indeed on the back end of his career, but just because he doesn’t have age on his side doesn’t mean he can’t deal. Pettitte has that grittiness to grind it out even when he doesn’t have his best stuff, which is what this rotation needs. Besides, I don’t think going with another young pitcher with AJ Burnett & Joba in the rotation, as AJ is known to be injury prone and Joba is still progressing. It’d be a killer to have that much risk in a rotation.
    – V [F4Td]

  7. levelboss

    for 10.. MILLION dollars (do the Dr Evil pinky pose), the Yankees should get some quality relievers (if there are any left) OR get some cheap quality starters (like the Red Sox have done with Penny and Smoltz) as backup starters
    i used to like Andy, but now that he sees 10 MILLION dollars for ONE YEAR as an insult, i’m losing any kind of respect for the guy.. he should be WAY HAPPY that the Yankees have offered that to him ’cause he’s not gonna get that much anywhere else again

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