About two years ago, I wrote about Andy’s contract situation. Some of what I said then:
This is a bit difficult. I am a big Andy Pettitte fan. I was sad to see him go in 2003 but I know (or I thought I knew) that he marches to a beat of a different drummer. That he wanted to go be near his family was a totally acceptable answer for my feeble brain. When he came back in 2007, I welcomed him. When he had a poor year in 2008, I was disappointed. I also figured that he’d finally make good on his oft-thought aloud retirement plans. Which would be cool with me; an athlete leaving when he wanted, with money on the table. That’s conviction.
However, the point of my writing was less about Andy’s off-field attributes and more about what I felt as his approaching hypocrisy. I’ve re-read my thoughts quite a few times and I have to admit that I was probably a bit harsh:
The Yanks have offered him $10m to pitch this season in pinstripes.