This is probably the toughest post I’ve ever had to write in my blogging career, and it makes me sick to my stomach just thinking about it. MLBTR has the unfortunate news:
“Sources close to Andy Pettitte say the big lefthander started working out at Texas’ spring training complex in Surprise, Arizona, this past week, and apparently intends to join his homestate Rangers in mid-May. Given the uncertainty in the Rangers’ rotation, with Brandon Webb still not ready for game action and the unproven Alexi Ogando installed as the fifth starter, signing Pettitte is seen as a crucial move for Texas as it looks to defend the American League pennant. MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan tried to reach General Manager Jon Daniels for comment, but he didn’t return the reporter’s phone calls.”
There is no way to spin this positively for the Yankees, who were convinced Pettitte would come back to them, and only them. On February 5, Pettitte told the world at his retirement press conference that he “didn’t have the hunger” anymore. However, he later went on to say that two weeks prior to making his decision, he began packing his bags and gearing up as though he would be going to spring training until he more or less talked himself out of it.
As slim a possibility as it seemed, many of us in Yankeeland were holding out hope that Pettitte might rejoin the Yankees by mid-season, but no one could ever have suspected that Pettitte would go back on his word and opt to sign with the team that knocked the Yankees out of the 2010 American League Championship Series.
Though Pettitte’s played in Texas before, losing Andy to the Astros doesn’t sting anywhere near as badly as losing him to a key American League rival. Additionally, the season just started; talk about obliterating the joy of a brand new year. While I’m sure many of us will maintain our fond memories of Andy, it’s going to be awfully hard to continue to think highly of the man who brought so much happiness to so many of us after essentially stabbing the entire fanbase in the back. We’ll miss you Andy, but now we’re also mad at you, and while you may ultimately try to color this as a business decision, we’re most definitely going to take it personally.
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