So according to reports by ESPNs all-knowing one, Buster Olney, Andy Pettite is returning for 2010. Lets face it, whether you like the guy or not, he knows how to win. Pettite is the consummate winner who has been pitching in big time playoff games for 15 years now. Andy is definitely not the pitcher he once was, but he sure is a guy that you want to have at your disposal as a 3 or 4 starter come October.
Many people are just thinking that Pettite is another old guy trying to hold on for one more year. Pettite still has some gas in the tank as he proved in the playoffs this year and would be a very valuable returning player for the Yankees. This move will be vastly overlooked by many, but definitely is the first step in the right direction for the boys in the Pinstripes as they try to repeat.
There are really three key numbers that define the career of Andy Pettite. 18, 6, and 5. First of all he has 18 career postseason wins. This is a record. Secondly, he has 6 series clinching wins in the postseason. This once again is a record. Lastly, he has a World Series Championship for each finger on his right hand (5). The man has been through the fire. So maybe he will not be a 20 game winner for the Yankees. But if he can manage 12 to 14 wins, and be healthy come October, he will be a major asset in helping deliver the Yankees a 28th World Championship.
So what are your thoughts on this? Do you think Pettite coming back is a big deal or is it really irrelevant to whether the Yankees repeat?
Stay tuned for the next edition of the Sportskraze.