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Andy Pettitte Comes Back to Yankees: A Fan’s Take
This is another low risk, high reward kind of deal for the Yankees. If Pettitte fails to impress the team is only out $2.5 million, a small amount of a Yankee payroll that's around $200 million.
Looking at the stats from Pettitte's last season in the bigs, 2010, gives fans some hope that he can contribute. He had a record of 11-3 with an earned run average of 3.28.
Pettitte will turn 40 later on this year. Obviously that is getting up there for a baseball player, unless your name is Jamie Moyer. Sometimes age can be a good thing though. Pettitte has experienced just about everything in his career. You will never have to worry about his feelings, like you would with an A.J. Burnett.
The fan in me loves this move. Pettitte was my second favorite player from the 90s title teams, Bernie Williams holds the top spot. I may be a little nostalgic, but this move is better than bringing in some other team's recycled junk. At the very least you know that Pettitte can handle the pressure of playing in New York.
The realist in me wonders where Pettitte fits into the rotation. As of now the Yankees will have seven pitchers for five rotation spots. The old saying is you can't have too much pitching, so maybe this is what Brian Cashman is thinking. Also Pettitte probably won't be ready until May so an injury may have cropped up by then opening up a spot for him.
After thinking about this for a few hours I've decided I'm happy. I love to watch Pettitte pitch and it looks like I will get that opportunity again. Plus he might be able to teach some of the younger pitchers, like Michael Pineda, a thing or two about pitching in New York. I don't see how this can hurt the Yankees; if Pettitte pitches poorly they will just release him. So welcome back Andy, here is hoping you can give us a couple more memories before you ride off into the sunset for good.
Darren Pare is a third generation Yankees fan. The unique thing is that he lives in the middle of Red Sox nation, Maine, and has for all his life and that gives him a different perspective. You can follow him on Twitter @dpare71.
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