Reunited And It Feels So Good

It’s O.K., Andy. Let it out. Let it all out. I’m crying too – tears of joy and relief and reconciliation.
It’s a beautiful thing that you and the Yankees have worked things out and you’ll be pitching for us in the new Stadium. So what if you didn’t get the millions you were asking for? You can still earn those millions and plenty more if you rebound from last year, throw seven-plus innings every outing and serve as a steady veteran presence on the staff. Oh, and it would be great if you’d toss a perfect game while you’re at it. David Cone did it late in his pinstriped career. David Wells, too. Your turn.
Was there tension between us during the negotiations? Was I upset that you wouldn’t commit?
couple-arguing-_1.jpgWere there times when I wanted to slap you?
Grab you in a headlock?

Strangle you?

Smack you with a pillow?
Run you over with my car?
Yes, I admit it. You were exasperating with your mixed messages and your mood swings and your tendency to blow hot and cold, and I honestly didn’t know how to get through to you. Or your agents.
But there are strains even in the best of marriages, right? What’s important now is that we’re back together and it feels so right.

I say we forget all the unpleasantness, and celebrate. Spring training is coming up and so is Valentine’s Day.
Just don’t go pulling this stuff again in 2010 or I’ll drag you in for a chat with him.


  1. Jane Heller

    I agree, Joe. They waited it out and he was forced to take a big pay cut. But if he performs well, he can make even more than they were originally offering. And his signing takes the pressure off Hughes and the other young pitchers.

  2. levelboss

    excellent deal by Cashman.. i like the ‘step-deal’ as i call it so that the player (in this case, Pettitte) has to earn the extra cashflow
    for 5.5 guaranteed plus incentives
    both sides made out well – the Yankees get a veteran pitcher (i know Andy has a lot more stuff than was seen at the end of last year), and the Yankees get a bargain


    – sickness

  3. Jane Heller

    I love the rotation, levelboss. Now if everyone can stay healthy – or at least not have injuries at the same time! – I think we’ll be in great shape. Especially with Hughes and Aceves waiting in the wings.

  4. Jane Heller

    I bet Varitek is next, Julia. They’re probably hammering out the details of the deal as we speak. You’ll be cheering, you’ll see.

    I hope you’re right, Kaybee. He certainly knows the territory after so many seasons in pinstripes.

    You raise an interesting question, Mike. Who will start the home opener? CC or Andy? I wouldn’t want to have to make that call.

    I’m sure Andy will appreciate your expression of sympathy, Jeff.

  5. raysrenegade

    It was amazing that Pettitte did finally come back to the fold. I truly thought that Joe Torre might have an edge getting him to come to LA, but the other bi-coastal town won out in the end.

    That actually gives the Yankees a really solid 1-4, with Joba Chamberlain still a question mark, but also a true gift if he makes the rotation at number 5. Now it is truly going to be a wild year in the A L East with old leftie back on the mound.

    Maybe Brian Cashman took his extended vacation out at Pettitte’s house and pulled some weeds and moved the lawn a few dozen times to get him to finally sign. That was the piece that I thought would be surely missed by NY in 2009, but returned to the fold once again.

    Rays Renegade


  6. Jane Heller

    I think Joe would have loved to have Andy on the Dodgers, Renegade, but I’m not sure the Dodgers were willing to spend the money or that Andy fit into their plans. I’m just glad he’s back. It gives the Yanks more options. We’re going to need them to compete with your pesky Rays this year!

  7. hardballblog

    I was really surprised when he didn’t jump at New York’s initial offer. $10MM for where he is at in his career is really good, especially in this market. He is coming out fine but he is lucky he didn’t end up with a handful of 1 year $5MM deals at best. New York and Pettitte are meant to be together, kind of like Varitek and Boston. It is meant to happen it just takes time.

  8. Elizabeth D

    Glad to hear you and Andy are reunited. This adds to the very… fearsome rotation that the Yankees have already conjured up. I like your redeeming incentives: seven plus innings every start, a perfect game… all achievable right?
    I hope there aren’t any underlying hard feelings (like Nomar in ’04).

  9. Jane Heller

    I agree, hardball, and I was even going to add pix to the above post about things that are meant to be together (peanut butter and jelly, ketchup and French fries, etc.). I think part of the problem was Andy was watching the big signings of CC and AJ and was probably going, “What about me?” I can understand that. Just glad the saga is over.

  10. Jane Heller

    LOL, Elizabeth. Yeah, maybe a perfect game is asking a lot. But it’s possible! I doubt Andy will have hard feelings. As Jeff points out, he’s still a multi-millionaire.

  11. Erin Kathleen

    Awww, I knew you kids would get back together. Pettite and the Yanks are like peanut butter and jelly. Um, and it didn’t sound like he had any other serious offers.

    Seriously, though, this is a great deal for Pettite. Even though his base salary is “only” $5.5 million, he could earn up to $12 million with all of the incentives. Not bad at all.

  12. Jane Heller

    I think it’s a win-win, Erin. The Yankees get another arm – one who knows how to pitch in NY – and Pettitte gets to earn his money if he performs. What’s not to like, right?

  13. scofid

    Hey Jane, I pre-ordered your book through Amazon. I am looking forward to reading it! Maybe Jason Varitek and Andy Pettitte can cut costs by letting each other stay at their respective homes when in Boston and NYC. And they can split the cost making those peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. It’s going to be tough to get by on only $5 mil. Maybe they could snuggle up to A-Rod and get a free dinner. Oops, it’s Varitek we’re talking about. Maybe they should play on that friendship between Joba and Big Papi, and let Ortiz cover dinner! 😉

  14. steve_t

    Assuming Joba’s in the rotation and not in the ‘pen, this may be the best rotation in the majors. Or it may be second to Boston, which is the way I’d prefer it. Either way, this will be a GREAT season. Can’t wait!

    Steve T.

  15. Jane Heller

    Cool, ellwoodd! I really hope you have fun with it. I don’t think any of those players will starve. Steak dinners for all of them!

    I agree, Steve. It should be a great season. Our division is going to be so competitive. My stomach is in knots already!

    Yep, Kathy. He came home. Good boy.

  16. Jane Heller

    You’re right, King. He’s a known quantity. And he can earn all the money he wants if he performs well. So I think it’s a win-win.

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