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Andy Pettitte to throw 1st pitch at Yankee Stadium Sunday

Oct 1, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

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Andy Pettitte will return to the Yankee Stadium mound on Sunday. To pitch. Well, kind of.

According to beat writer Andrew Marchand of, the 39-year-old left-hander will toss the ceremonial first pitch before the Yankees’ Game 2 matchup against the Tigers.

Pettitte, who hasn’t officially retired but sat out all of this season, has not made a public appearance at the Stadium since 2010. He’s dropped by the home clubhouse, but only for brief visits with old friends.

Pettitte reiterated to reporters in a short chat Saturday that he has no desire to return to professional baseball, and that he’s enjoying his retirement. But he also offered the old “never say never” cliche.

“There is no doubt, I’m standing right here, you miss it,” said Pettitte, talking in the Yankees’ dugout Saturday, a few hours before the resumption of Game 1. “You would love to be out there, whenever you get here and get around the environment. [But] the desire is not there. The same desire that made me go home is the same desire to play. Again, like I’ve said, unless God works a miracle and gives me that desire to do that, I don’t see any chance.”

Pettitte registered a 3.88 career ERA over 16 MLB seasons. He had a 3.83 career ERA in the playoffs.

  1. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 1, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    No idea if you guys are going to do an open thread or not, but everyone remember that bone headed play by Posada when he’s not re-signed by the Yanks after this year. Remember that when the NY Press is talking about how the “Yanks are disrespecting him”. 17 Year veteran and he still makes terrible baserunning mistakes.

    • jimbo1949 - Oct 1, 2011 at 9:14 PM

      The refrain in my brain: dumb, dumb, dumb dumb.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 1, 2011 at 9:16 PM

        Ugh they just showed a replay. Not only was he a moron for getting caught too far off third, Inge was even further away from third base, and then moved almost straight forward rather than right at Jorge when Gardner grounded to him.

        All Jorge had to do was dive back to third and it’s bases loaded no outs. Instead he gets thrown out at home, Martin foolishly didn’t take 3rd. FUCK!

  2. jimbo1949 - Oct 1, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    Robbie Canooooooooo

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 1, 2011 at 10:33 PM


  3. tomlotter1948 - Oct 1, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    Sure, let a steroid abuser throw out the 1st pitch…another
    stupid move by the Yankees. Don’t they have any self respect???

    • phukyouk - Oct 2, 2011 at 12:19 AM

      Bag meet Douche..

    • awriterorsomething - Oct 2, 2011 at 12:40 AM

      he used HGH to recover from an elbow injury, not steroids. If you are going to be a jackass at least be a jackass that gets his basic facts right.

      • raysfan1 - Oct 2, 2011 at 11:05 PM

        He probably doesn’t understand the basic facts to begin with–such as HGH is not a steroid.

  4. ssazz - Oct 2, 2011 at 12:15 AM

    It’ll be great to see him back, and fitting it’s a game 2. (The fact that it riles up the haters is just gravy!)

  5. phukyouk - Oct 2, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    Can he work out of the pen?… you know… just in case

  6. simplicitymadecomplex - Oct 2, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Way, way, like way, way Toooooooooo sooooooooooooonnn… bro.

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