Pettitte Makes The Right Call

February 5, 2011 – 1:26 pm

Andy PettitteSo Andy Pettitte has now officially retired. Good for him — he left a lot of money on the table, and put his family and his personal life at the top of his priority list. That’s the way it ought to be. It’s good to see athletes who don’t continually choose the option with the most dollars attached. Two years ago, Mike Mussina did pretty much the same thing as Pettitte. If Yankee players keep doing this, people may start thinking it’s a movement!

Much of the discussion of Pettitte’s retirement is centering around whether or not he’ll ever make the Hall Of Fame, but such analysis is way over my pay grade. What I do know is that he was one of the best gamers I’ve ever seen. There are a lot of “aces” with whom you know your team has an excellent chance of winning every time they take the mound. But typically they are as good as they are because they consistently have their best stuff going for them. But with Andy it was different — he wasn’t near as consistent as your typical ace, but that didn’t matter for him. Even on days when he appeared to have nothing going for him, he still managed to always keep the Yankees in the game and give them a shot at winning. Unlike most other pitchers, you didn’t get a sinking feeling when he would hit a rough spot — you always knew Andy would battle back. I’ll sorely miss watching him pitch.

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