Andy Pettite ., Baseball, MLB, New York Yankees, Sports

You’re Either In Or You’re Out …………


Well it came to a parting of the ways.  Today after some consideration and a great deal of deliberating New York pitcher and a stalwart of their four consecutive World Series’ wins Andy Pettite wasn’t picked up by the team.  It shouldn’t come as a surprise  to anyone but it’d appear that the Yankees  and the organization are looking to start afresh.  





Perhaps this, an indication of what co-team chairman  Hal Steinbrenner states that this is a fresh but new start for the organization as a whole.  Allow me some latitude here but  I’d like to look at this whole situation with a fresh set of  eyes.  But over the years  the organization has never met  a  high priced free  agent that they didn’t like. Let’s look  at some of those individuals  in particular.  Namely  Randy Johnson ,  Carl Pavano,  Jason Giambi, Aaron Boone and  Hideki Irabu.  Now that’s an array of  stars  who are  about  as  welcoming  and  cerebral  as one could ever wish to come across. About the only thing  relevant about these  players  were  the fact  that  a  Brinks’ truck  no doubt  would have  to  be backed up in order  for  them to  get  paid. And  paid  they were  , vast sums  for  reasons  too numerous  to mention. Except to say  that the  vaults of  the  Federal Bank of New York would  be rendered meaningless.


Hank and Al Steinbrenner  Co-Chairmen of the New York Yankees.......


 Hal and Hank Steinbrenner co-chairmen of  the New York Yankees. Both are seen here observing members of their farm system. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Mark Schwartzmann………………….




And whilst we know that the Yankees possess a vast array of  resources  which is unmatched by any other professional sport’s organization  in or outside  Major League Baseball. The YES Network is the cash cow that keeps on giving, giving and keeps on giving.  With the team moving into a spanking  new  edifice  that costs  in excess  of  $1.9bn at last  count.  Granted  Mayor  Michael  Bloomberg may well  have  played a part  in  making  that  figure so excessive. And  for a structure  that was  originally meant  to be  a privately financed  structure. It goes a long way in stating  that  Bloomberg  was  out  of  line  within his  inane rant as  to  the  Federal government in bailing  out the financial behemoths of  Wall Street. Then again it ought to  against the  grain considering  that the Yankees’ new home was publically financed and all of  this  was at  the behest  of the incumbent mayor.







Now as  much as one ought to appreciate  the contributions of Pettite  over  the years.  And considering that he along  with Derek Jeter , Mariano Rivera and  Jorge Posada  are  the only remnants  left  from those multi championship winning days. The franchise  has fallen somewhat on hard times in terms  of  their presence in the  postseason. Last year for the first time in fourteen years  was the  very first time  that they’d  missed the playoffs. And to say that it was viewed as a catastrophe would be an understatement.





Andy Pettite the now former Yankees who's turned  down  a $10m one year contract offer  from his former team .......................
Andy Pettite the now former Yankee who's said to have turned down a $10m one year contract offer from the organization ................



Andy Pettite the now former New York Yankee who’s turned down a $10m one year contract offer  from the  team .   picture appears  courtesy of getty images/  Paul  Roberts …………………..






Pettite was offered a one year contract said  to be in the region of  $10m . Nothing to be sneezed at mind you. But it’d appear  that  Andy  thought it beneath him to accept what he  might’ve viewed as a derisory offer. In these  tough economic times $10m may well not be viewed  as a great deal of money to some. But  to those New York Yankees’ fans who are  spending  thousands of dollars  a year to pay  for tickets  as  well  as concessions and souvenirs.  That’s the sort of money  that  would take care  of  several families’  dreams  for life  and  beyond.







And while we ponder this latest of changes within the Yankees’ organization we ought to consider this.  In reality is the team any better off now with their newly gleaming  additions in the guise of  CC Sabbathia, A J Burnett  and Mark Teixeira ?  Chances  are  we’re likely to see an improvement of sorts.  But that’s not  the thing  that’s most  important to the franchise.  It’s about winning  and the winning of multiple World Series in particular. That’s what counts to the franchise and the business template that is in place.  Losing isn’t meant  to be an option  for the Steinbrenner family.  And when you see  Hank  Steinbrenner  wailing  on about the perceived  unfairness of the game  when  his team fails to make the playoffs because  they were others who did so  with a less than winning record. It oughtn’t not to pain us as to his whining.   After all  that’s what you tend to get  from a whining narcissistic individual with a verbose persona.





Pettite for all of his intentions is now on his way out of New York and whilst there’ll be some heartfelt wishes.  There’ll be some who think that the player has done himself and  the franchise a  great disservice  by refusing  the team’s offer. But it’s the player’s decision and he can either live with or he cannot. As to the Yankees and their ambitions for the upcoming season. It’s quite  clear that  they’re back in business and looking to win it all and no expense  will be spared.  Andy Pettite won’t be a part of the team’s strategy as this season beckons. But that’s not to say that the issue won’t be revisited  especially should the  team feel that the pitching isn’t  up  to standard. If there’s a choice to be made  between a player of his experience and  someone who knows the  ins and outs of  the  franchise. You can rest assured that more likely than not he may well  be  the  player  that  they’ll choose to turn to.  That’s if he’s not signed elsewhere  before  the  season starts.











So say what you will about the franchise  they may well be  turning their back on the past. But hey they’ve been known to turn back the hands of time if only for a moment and it brings to mind Roger Clemens and Andy Pettite. No chance that they’d have both back within their realm but quite possibly one for sure. Any thoughts on who  that  might be  ?  









The upcoming baseball season ought to be one of  intrigue and suspense. If  nothing else we’ll see whether or not  the New  York Yankees can get back atop  of the pedestal where they and their  fans feel they rightfully belong.  We’ll  also see  if the Tampa Bay Rays can  remain amongst the contenders.  And as one would suppose a newly fledged member  of  what one would  deem  to be a contender, though yet  to  be  considered  a perennial contender. It will be interesting  to see what the year  ahead holds for the  team and its fans.    The New York Yankees  will always  be  considered contenders  merely because they  are the  Yankees.  And the fact  that everyone  wants  to see  them  back at  the  top.  Well  those of us  who  want  to see them back  there.











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