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Sherman: Pettitte would have come back if the Yankees had signed Lee

Apr 13, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

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One thing the Yankee Universe is great at is coveting those who did something great yesterday. And on cue, Joel Sherman writes a column today talking about how great it would have been if the Yankees could have traded for Dan Haren last year. The Dan Haren who three a one-hitter last night.

But the stuff about landing Haren isn’t as interesting as this bit at the end:

In fact, friends of Andy Pettitte had said that the lefty would have come back this year if the Yankees had been able to sign Lee. So maybe he would have felt the same way if the Yankees had Haren and, especially, Oswalt, who is a pal of Pettitte’s from their time together with the Astros.

So this “friend” of Pettitte is suggesting that all of that stuff Pettitte said at his press conference about “not having the hunger” was baloney? That when he said that that Cliff Lee signing with the Phillies didn’t ultimately impact his decision, he was lying?  That, even more so, his comments about how it was the Yankees losing Lee that actually had him closest to coming back because he “felt an obligation” to the Yankees now that they were down a pitcher was just Pettitte blowing smoke?

So I guess what I’m saying is, who ya gonna believe: Pettitte or an anonymous friend of his who contradicts him to a Post columnist?

  1. Jonny 5 - Apr 13, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Yeah, and Werth would have taken less money if he knew about Lee coming to Philly too. How do I roll my eyes over the internet tubes?

    What’s with always talking about Cliff Lee? I think women aren’t the only people obsessed with him.

    • kellyb9 - Apr 13, 2011 at 3:19 PM

      He seemed like all Philly talked about after he left last season. It was good to not have him for that short stint… now I know how New York feels every day.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 13, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    I’m sure Pettitte knows who Sherman is, but calling himself a ‘friend’ seems a bit strong.

  3. bloodysock - Apr 13, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    “Andy Pettitte is my friend. He was my friend before this. He will be my friend after this and again. I think Andy has misheard. I think he misremembers.”

  4. bigharold - Apr 13, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Craig, .. you are aware that the Post is a newspaper only in the loosest broadest sense? Sort of like homo sapians and apes being related. And, I mean on offense to all those apes reading Craig’s blog out there.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 13, 2011 at 4:06 PM

      Joel Sherman: Come for the scoops, but don’t bother sticking around for the analysis.

  5. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Apr 13, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    It hurts me to read this.

  6. heffmessina - Apr 13, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Kind of ironic that Cliff Lee didn’t come to the Yanks because he didn’t like their chances this year and Pettitte may have not come back because he didn’t like their chances without Lee.

    • rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 13, 2011 at 6:11 PM

      I don’t believe any of this garbage, it all sounds like bullcrap.
      I bet the Yankees finish better than the Phillies do, screw
      Cliff Lee, he wasn’t man enough to play in New York, he would
      have been another Pavano.

      • xmatt0926x - Apr 13, 2011 at 6:32 PM

        was that before or after he stomped the Yankees at Yankee stadium in the playoffs?

      • irishjackmp - Apr 13, 2011 at 10:53 PM

        Yeah… Cliff Lee would have wound up as another Carl Pavano. Keep telling yourself that sport. This is the same Cliff Lee that beat the Yankees twice in the World Series two years ago.

        Why do Yankees fans feel the need to morph in to petulant little children who throw a tantrum when they are spurned by a free agent and resort to the tired, old “he couldn’t handle it here anyway” cliche?

        Yankee Fan: “We’re gonna get Cliff Lee!!! We’re gonna get Cliff Lee!!!…

        … 5 minutes after Lee signs elsewhere…

        Yankee Fan: “Screw Cliff Lee!!! We didn’t want him anyway!!!


      • Kevin S. - Apr 14, 2011 at 8:15 AM

        Funny, I don’t remember Cliff Lee being part of the lineup that bludgeoned AJ Burnett into submission in Game 5. Cliff Lee sucked less in that game. The Yanks hit him just fine.

  7. Mike Luna - Apr 13, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    It’s entirely possible that this “friend” of Andy Pettitte was just a sock on Sherman’s non-typing hand.

  8. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 13, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    If we believe Sherman and his source, shouldn’t Pettitte be pitching in Philly with Cliff Lee AND his close buddy Oswalt?

    This is what happens when there are 2 days without baseball in the Bronx…writers get restless and start making shyte up.

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 13, 2011 at 5:46 PM

      Should we put Joe Blanton on notice?

    • rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 13, 2011 at 5:59 PM

      don’t go throwing the word writer around so loosely when referencing the Post,they could be reading
      this and get ideas.


      I have pointed out to Craig for about a year now about the Post and he continues to ignore the negativity, I guess he will do anything to get traffic, oh boy.

  9. rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 13, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    Craig, nobody in New York reads the Post,the am and the metro are more credible.

  10. yankeesfanlen - Apr 13, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    A True Yankee would not do this. Ergo, the story is false and Mr. Fiddley-Fart is a True Yankee.

  11. rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 13, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    xmatt0926x – Apr 13, 2011 at 6:32 PM
    was that before or after he stomped the Yankees at Yankee stadium in the playoffs?

    and then what, did he win something else after that, like the Yankees did 27 times before.

    • purdueman - Apr 14, 2011 at 11:19 AM

      rapmusic… here we go with the false bravado again (ugh!). Exactly how many Yankee Championships were you alive and/or old enough to remember? Anything that happened prior to you being about six years old is history that occurred in the past that you had absolutely nothing to do with, and is therefore not relevant when used as an instrument of bravado when engaging fans of other teams.

      • isaidallo - Apr 14, 2011 at 2:13 PM

        “Anything that happened prior to you being about six years old is history that occurred in the past that you had absolutely nothing to do with”

        No fan has anything to do with a team winning any championships, unless said fan is an owner/player/baseball ops employee.

      • purdueman - Apr 14, 2011 at 2:40 PM

        isaid… excellent point and just all the reason more that Yankee fan bravado about the number of championships the franchise has won is total horsecrap and irrelevant to ANY argument about what’s happening now in the standings and season.

        When one of my teams makes a questionable roster move and and the fan base in turns gets all bent out of shape, I ALWAYS reply back: “Chill; unless the GM directly solicited your input or opinion, we just all have to grin and bear it and hope for the best because we are just fans”.


  12. purdueman - Apr 14, 2011 at 1:25 AM

    Bottom line? Hank and Hal are CHEAP; they are NOT their old man… not by a long stretch! No, it’s not about the money not being enough to sign Cliff Lee, it’s about the Yankees then going on the cheap by signing a whole bushel of over the hill aging retreads to fill out their pitching staff instead of trading prospects for proven veteran starting pitching.

    Fortunately for Hank and Hal though, Boston’s overpaying for John “I’m A” Lackey and Dice-K are now coming back to bite their biggest rivals big time!

  13. phillyirishman87 - Apr 14, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    I find it so funny that yankees fans only comeback is 27 rings. new york is the definition of arrogance. You buy championships. u dont make the playoffs in 08 when we won it all. 2 people in ur division did, u finished 3rd. then what do u do? 2 biggest free agents that year in CC and Burnett. $160 mil for CC and 82 mil for Burnett. That’s $240 million u spent in the offseason to win ur championship that year cuz ur pitching was so terrible the previous years. Congratulations on that. Congrats on being the one team with the capability to LITERALLY buy a championship. new york is an embarassment…and the guy a few comments above me is right…. they r in love with buying cliff lee and as soon as he doesnt wana come they say he couldnt make it there. gimme a break ur a true embarassment.

    • purdueman - Apr 14, 2011 at 1:47 PM

      Great post, philly!

      The lame taunt that “the Yankees have xx championships, “nah-nah-nah-nah-nay” has no relevance to what will play out over the course of this baseball season (or for that matter any other). Different eras, different rivals, different players, etc..

      That’s like saying: “My German Shepard (Yankees), could eat your Puggle (Rays) for lunch” b.s. bravado. If I happen to like Puggle’s why should the fact that you prefer a much bigger dog have any relevance for the love that I have for mine?.

  14. ricofoy - Apr 14, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Pettite lied about only taking HGH once – why wouldn’t he lie about his reason for coming back. Let’s face it – he’s a cheater and a liar. Also a hypocrite.

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