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UPDATE: source close to Pettitte believes he’s coming back

Dec 6, 2010, 3:22 PM EDT

Pettitte looks in

UPDATE: I just spoke with a source close to Pettitte. The source — while acknowledging that Pettitte is somewhat unpredictable — believes that Pettitte will be playing in 2011.

3.05 P.M.: Bob Klapisch just tweeted that the Yankees “heard from a friend of Pettite’s that he’s definitely retiring.”  That word came three weeks ago, however, and the team is still waiting for official word.

I’m skeptical only insofar as (a) if there was really something solid about Pettitte retiring, it seems like Kalpisch would make a monster story out of it rather than just tweet it; and (b) why would the Yankees rely on “a friend of Pettite’s” for such a report?  They know his cell phone number. And we’ve heard as recently as a couple of weeks ago that Pettitte was coming back or going to the Rangers or whatever. In short: people likely know less about Andy Pettitte’s true intentions than science knows about worm holes and quarks and stuff.

I’m not doubting it and I’m not believing it. It’s out there. I think we need a bit more than this, however, before we can really start talking about Pettitte’s career in the past tense.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Dec 6, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    I would like to have “Mr. Fiddley-Fart” back. He could have made it to 43 if he wouldn’t throw to first base so much.
    Also, great year until the injury and more than passable during the playoffs.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 6, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    Is Cliff Lee’s agent a “friend of Pettitte”? That is who would benefit most from Pettitte not returning…

    • Detroit Michael - Dec 6, 2010 at 3:19 PM

      He is now!

  3. sdelmonte - Dec 6, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Andy, just do us all a favor and don’t go Brett Favre on us.

    Otherwise, even this Mets fan thinks you should be back for one more year.

  4. Utley's Hair - Dec 6, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    This just in…Bobby V will be pitching for the Wankers and Andy Pettitte will be in the booth for ESPN, the Yanker propaganda machine.

  5. yankees1996 - Dec 6, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Well, I’m not believing anything until we hear it from Andy directly.

  6. Jonny 5 - Dec 6, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    And why wouldn’t he return? That’s what I’m thinking. Jamie Moyer said only p-words retire from baseball before they’re fired.

    • Utley's Hair - Dec 6, 2010 at 4:49 PM


  7. proudlycanadian - Dec 6, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    Congratulations to Craig. He was quoted on USA Today’s web site as the authoritative source of this story.

    • Utley's Hair - Dec 6, 2010 at 4:57 PM

      The authoritative source of a story that he already debunked? Mookie must be so proud.

  8. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Dec 6, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Well, Craig, you certainly have all the bases covered on Andy Pettitte. Either he is definitely retiring or he definitely coming back. You are now fully qualified to blog about Brett Farve for next season.

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