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It’s a Family Affair

The pull of home. From Sam Borden:

“Right now, I can tell you my heart’s right here in Deer Park,” [Andy] Pettitte told KHOU.com. “If something happens and I play one more year that would be it. It would be one more year and that would be it.”

I’m sure there are some Yankees fans who get frustrated by Pettitte’s indecision, but it’s obvious that his family is a big pull for him. In the same interview, he talked about how he feels like each year he returns to baseball is another year where he’s going to be missing important moments in his kids’ lives.

“My kids are getting older and one’s going to be out of high school real soon, and I’m not going to miss his whole high school,” Pettitte said. “I want to be able to be here and see some of his stuff and you can’t see his stuff playing major league baseball. I just feel like a have a big responsibility here. I have three boys. I feel like I need to be around and raise them and I feel like we’re getting to that point where it’s the crucial ages of their lives that I need to be around a little bit more.”


1 Diane Firstman   ~  Nov 13, 2010 11:41 am

Just walk away Andy ... don't miss this opportunity with your family. Flags fly forever, families don't.

2 OldYanksFan   ~  Nov 13, 2010 3:34 pm


3 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Nov 13, 2010 7:53 pm

Yes, a ballplayer is away from March through October (if lucky enough to be in the post season. That leaves 5 months of total stay at home time (no 9-5 workday). The money, the prestige, the fun, the summers when your family can be with you in a temporary luxury apartment. I think the opportunity outweighs the time away. I would relish the lifestyle, but what do I know...never lived it.

If Pettitte has a another great year or two, he will be a HOF candidate.

4 OldYanksFan   ~  Nov 13, 2010 10:06 pm

William has a really good post up on 'the Beltran Deal'.

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