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Andy Pettitte is leaning toward coming back

Nov 23, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

Pettitte looks in

Ken Davidoff of Newsday tweets that Andy Pettitte is leaning towards returning to the Yankees for the 2011 season.

This is not terribly surprising to me.  Pettitte has hemmed and hawed about returning the past couple of seasons, citing his desire to be around his family more, but he seems way more adamant about retirement when the season is winding to a close and right after he gets home to Texas for the winter than he does as the offseason drags on.  By the time spring rolls around he’s always back in the swing of things and comes to camp ready to pitch.

It’s OK, Andy: I’m around your age.  Like you, I’ve been married a long time. Like you, I have kids. When I’ve been away from home for a long time that home looks mighty inviting.  But I also — how shall I put this?  — have come to appreciate “me time” as well. I’m not saying that it’s easy to tell the fam adios in February and that you’ll see them in October, but I understand.

Now you go out and get ‘em, Tiger!

  1. uyf1950 - Nov 23, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Hopefully he does. One more year, the Yankees need him.

  2. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Nov 23, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    C’mon Andy, the choice is easy. What couldn’t the Yankees give you that some lame family time could give you? Money doesn’t buy happiness, it IS happiness.

  3. sdelmonte - Nov 23, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    Just as long as we don’t get a Favre-style period of indecision, I am fine either way.

  4. lordd99 - Nov 24, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    Thanks, Craig for stating what many men know. They love their family, but come on, they also enjoy being away from the family! Seems to me he has the best of both worlds.

    I have this slightly humorous image in my head of Andy Pettitte going home every offseason wanting to retire and spend more time with the family, but the family telling him “hell, no!” “Dad, we like having a father who is a MLB pitcher. Waaaay cooler than being an accountant.” Meanwhile, his wife adding, “Andy, you get your Texas butt back out on the mound and bring home another $12 million. I’m not going to have you around the house here under my feet when you should be out earning a good day’s living.”

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