Andy Pettitte responds after signing one year contract

Yesterday, the Yankees signed Andy Pettitte to a one-year deal worth $12 Million after Pettitte pondered (once again) that he would pitch in the upcoming season. He wasn’t quite sure after the 2012 season ended and he said he needed to “think about it”. He spent about the month that he promised he was going to need to think it over, and at the end of November–the Yankees had a #3 starter in their rotation by the name of Andrew Eugene Pettitte. Pettitte had a conference call last night shortly after the deal was made official. Here’s what Pettitte had to say:

Did Pettitte strongly consider retirement?

“I think everyone, the way I was feeling, was kind of assuming I still had a great desire to pitch. It was still a point where I still felt like it

Andy Pettitte will officially pitch for the Yankees in 2013

was pretty important to go home whenever I tried to start making the decision on if I was going to play again or not, and obviously still talk to the family about the situation and what they were thinking. Just to make sure, they — especially my wife — hadn’t had a change of how she was feeling about things. So it was for me pretty easy once I started working out and trying to decide if I felt like I had the desire to do the work that needed to be put in. It was pretty easy for me to realize that this was something I wanted to try and do again.”

Did last year’s injury impact his decision to return for the 2013 season?

“I’m not real sure exactly how that played into it. I definitely think that if I would have pitched a full season and thrown 200 innings that I definitely wouldn’t feel as fresh and physically feel as good as I do right now, and obviously (I) was able to I feel like that helped lead me to a quick decision. … I would imagine if I’d thrown a full season and 200 innings, my body would be beat up pretty good and it would have definitely been a more difficult decision. I may have maybe fully exhausted myself of feeling like this is something I can still do. With the injury, I still have the desire. For me, it was when I tried to start working out on the 16th or 17th of this month, really having strong desire still to work and looking forward to doing the work to pitch a big league season this year.”

Did he feel that his competitive nature was as strong as when he was younger. 

“When I retired, I just did not have the desire to work. Whenever I came back last year, when Cash spoke to me about would I consider coming back, when I started working out, that desire was there again. Last year, I felt my desire to compete was as strong as it’s ever been in my career. I still feel like that right now. There’s obviously a point where that desire will be there and the competitive nature will be there, but you just can’t do it. I feel like I’m healthy, the desire is there, the family is behind it and I feel good about it in my heart to do it. I would say it’s pretty strong.”

Would he consider pitching in the 2014 season for the Yankees?

Whenever I shut it down again, that is going to be it. It wouldn’t be smart for me to just say right now that I would never play next year. I just don’t think that would be smart because I have no idea. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t know what this year is going to hold. There’s a lot of things that will go on during the course of this year, I would imagine, that will play into that decision at the end of this season.”

Is the 2013 Yankees team good enough to win a World Series?

“I think we’re good enough to go all the way, I really do. I’m at the point where, if I didn’t feel like we had a chance to win it, deep down, I wouldn’t do this. I feel like we’ve got a certain group of guys that are still there and that know how to win and know how to get it done, and we can go do that. Very disappointed in the way last year ended. I know everyone is. What I’m hoping is that we can learn from that. We can learn from the failure that we had last year in the playoffs, the disappointment, and we can be better and hopefully get back to where we were last year and have an opportunity to go to a World Series. That’s all you can ask. We know the division is going to be nasty, tough again. It is going to be an absolute grind the way the teams have built themselves up, but we’re looking forward to it. We’re looking forward to the competition and I know that we’ve got a team that has a chance to win.”

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Delia Enriquez is the managing editor of Yankees Fans Unite. She enjoys analyzing the New York Yankees whether it be their pitching, roster or their manager. You can follow her on twitter @dfiregirl4 for more tweets, analysis and opinion on the Yankees.

Posted on November 29, 2012, in Hot Stove, Misc. News and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. derek jeter is as great as jimmi hendrix,…no doubt in my mind,,.//’” and arod is a piece ofcrap fpor stealing our money, everyones money, through using hgh

    jimmi hren drix signed up for the military and went into special forces,.. he didnt run to canada,.. he is burieedd with an official is military american flag

    arod is a greedy bastard that fucked us all

  2. let mec explain,….. yesterday on mike frabncesa on wfan/yes,.. mike told caller something lkike ……how good a lp;erson are you,.. you bwouldnt inject something into yourself to make 50 million dollars?

    thats what francesa sauid on wfan/yes

    yeah,,.. welkl, anyopne can be tempted,, and anyone canb sin to a high degree,..

    the act does not justify itself in terms of the kingdom of god

    mike frtancesa i am sure was married in a catholic church,, and his kids are bneing raised catholic, ccd, and everything

    that is fine

    but how can francesa possible caccept and condone the use of steroids/hgh/testosterone/ or what else the players come up illegally,. to be used, in a gane he suppodsedley loves

    listen,…. it ios stealing,…… people that use ped;’s in sports are stealing money from everyone,…. fro m owners odf trams, from fans, from other plqayers, from minor leaghuers , from prospectys,. from major companies that advertise on mlb,… from banks,…. etc etc etc


    yes people can be tempted,,,,,,, yes people can and do sin

    doesnt mean we have to like it

    and when god fearing people see it,.. they aresuppose tpoc speak up

    just like john, mark, luke, matthew, peter, and paul , did

    mike francesa is totally wrong to conmdone it to callers

    i am one pissed off fan

  3. there is zero justrification for the cuse of peds in sports,… whether it be amature or professional sports,.. zero justification

    mike francesa should be telling callers ‘ well tou would have done it to make 50 million, so why shouldnyt they’

    thedy does not sitr vwel,l with me,… nor should it siut wekll with any sports fan

    people are people,.. people sin,,,…

    we are all; born in sin,,… the entire world i8s under control of satan,.. we know this

    ]but people that are wanting to get intoi the kingdom,… neeed to start nhow, in this life

    strraling money from everyone at largbe , through the use of poed’s in sports,.. is a terrible sin


    andmike francesa can go on wfan/yes and condone it,…… by sdayi8ng wouldnt you do it

    fuck that crap

    mike frtancesaid way way way off base here

    her is cathlic




    how evil is that

  4. if ui was the caller the francesa the other day,, i wouldhave been like how dare you question my integrity,.. when ytou are ojn a 50,0000 watt radio station condoning the use of steroids in sports

    i woulda frewaked out if i was that caller

    francesa should repent

    in his catholic faith

    sports is one thing

    comdoning people like arod for styealing mulkyti tens , hundreds of millions through ped use is another

    francesa should wise the fuck up

  5. it is alkways about christ,..,everything we do, me, you, him, francesa, every person,……. we willall be resurected,.. butg when we are,.. we are resurected as who we were, all out memories, all our thoughts, all our deeds, everthing we said,… our entire being, is resureected, AS IS,……..

    then wer have to face christ, with ourc sins forgiven,……. and 1000 years of learning,….. then we are either in opr out

    if you artent working to getting in the kingdomk now,… your chances of getting in the kingdopm later are way dimninished

    francesa has no clus,.. as he is catholic,.. as to what i am talkingabout in christrianity,.. granted

    so i am here to put up a savoir post.

    greedy evil people like arod,.. who think it was absolutlkey ok to use steroids to maked millions of dollars, ,,… will be like getting a camel through the eye of a neddle into the kingdom,… in the resurectio n of us,.. virtualy impossioble

    anbd francesa as a catholic manm,.. should wise the fuck up

    how dare he treat a caller like that

    arod stole hundreds of millions od dollars from us

    he is the epitamy of pure ervil

    can not justify ity,.. only pray fopr his soul, ..and hope he gets taught in the resuraction,.. and gets in

  6. Moving right along now………Mo in the bag and martin to the bucs 2 for $17M.

    Lets pick up the pace now Cash work to be done.

  7. john…good evening. Did Martin sign with the Pirates? I liked him a lot. So it goes.
    Another piece to replace, in our Yankee Winter…………….they will.

    • patrick, I quess the Yanks feel that Cervelli and Romine can hit .200 for a lot less money. Cashman will try to make a trade for an upgrade.

      • doug….evening. Actually, Cervelli, has hit in the 260′s, before he was sent down’
        Romine……….perhaps. Good defender.

        • I think this shows the Yanks are serious about the 189 cap next year.

          • No doubt about it Doug. Cash has a tall order. He’s got about $85M tied up in just 4 players – ARod, Tex, CC & Jeter. Only other definites are likely Gardner, Robertson & Nova in arbitration so maybe $12M there (total guess) and if Cano signs for around $23M per you are up to $120M for just 8 players.Leaves about $59M for the remaining 17 players.

  8. SO…a staring catcher, an outfielder that hits, I like Nix (so forget infield help, maybe), trade Alex, do we need another starter?, sign a free agent?…and a block buster. George S., loved block busters. He used to say, they were his gift to the fans. I miss that.
    Anyway, work to be done……….where are you guys?

  9. I don’t see Alex being traded, it looks like the Yanks might try to get an upgrade in the outfield. I still think they sign Ichiro and Hairston to one year deals.

  10. If nothing shakes out in the trade market in the next week we are most likely destined to the bottom feeding for the forseeable future. Bah

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