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“I Expect to Be as Good as I Was”

Here’s Cliff,  William Juliano, Craig Calcaterra, Andrew Marchand, and Jack Dickey  on the return of Andy Pettitte.

[Picture by Craig Robinson; featured image by Larry Roibal]

Categories:  1: Featured  Spring Training  Yankees

Tags:  Andy Pettitte  craig robinson

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1 rbj   ~  Mar 16, 2012 4:31 pm

Oh, that's right, I had forgotten the AAA team is the Traveling Yankees Show.

2 Yankee Mama   ~  Mar 16, 2012 4:56 pm

Never saw that coming! I thought their budget was tight. Then again, once upon a time, Pettitte would never have gone for a 2.5 mil deal. What a difference a year of retirement makes.

3 Greg G   ~  Mar 16, 2012 5:02 pm

Jorge has to come out of retirement now too. The Core Four will ride again!

4 rbj   ~  Mar 16, 2012 5:13 pm

[3] Can Bernie be far behind?

Game on MLBN tomorrow 1 pm.

5 Ara Just Fair   ~  Mar 16, 2012 5:22 pm

[1] The Empire State Yankees. For this year only.

6 Greg G   ~  Mar 16, 2012 5:38 pm

(4) I forgot to include Bernie! He can and Posada can be switch hitting pinch hitters off the bench.

7 randym77   ~  Mar 16, 2012 6:08 pm

I know I'm just repeating what everyone else said...but man, I did not see this one coming.

8 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Mar 16, 2012 6:27 pm

It's too soon for April Fools. Is Mussina next?

9 RIYank   ~  Mar 17, 2012 7:49 am

[3] The Hoary Four!

10 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Mar 17, 2012 7:57 am

No question this is a weird situation, but I'm astonished to see so many columnists and commenters offer variations on the theme "too many pitchers" in March. Something always happens. Somebody always goes down or just falters.

11 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Mar 17, 2012 8:21 am

[9] Hhahahah! Very good, RI.

12 Bruce Markusen   ~  Mar 17, 2012 6:11 pm

This criticism of the Yankees for "too many pitchers" or this being a "risky proposition" is so much hocus pocus. If a very good pitcher like Andy Pettitte wants to pitch for my team for $2.5 million, I say, "Where do I sign?"

Worst case scenario. He starts the year at Triple-A, gets hurt, and decides to retire again. Whatever he does, he doesn't cost the Yankees any draft picks, and doesn't cause any legitimate prospect to be released.

Sometimes the Yankees get criticized just for being the Yankees, and I think that is exactly what is being done here.

As if the Yankees were supposed to say, "Oh no, Andy, we don't see a need for a borderline HOFer and a 2009 World Series hero."

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