Monday, February 18, 2008

Andy Pettite shows class

Welcome to another post at Freeze Fire, and today the subject is Andy Pettite. Basically, this was the complete opposite of Roger Clemens. Pettite admitted he had made a mistake, explained why he made said mistake and asked for forgiveness from the fans he let down with his actions.

Contrast that with Clemens, who played a tape of a conversation with Brian McNamee while never asking him to tell the truth. Clemens's story fell apart as his friend Pettite and wife Debbie both gave testimony that backed up what McNamee was saying. In a matter of hours, Clemens went from maybe being credible to it being more likely that Ron Paul would win the presidency than that Clemens was telling the truth.

That's what this is all about. Two men who cheated, to put it in black and white. One of those men continued to deny, deny, and blames everyone but himself, even if that means throwing his wife and friend under the bus. In the process, he makes himself look like a whiny 6-year-old desperate for anything he can use to save himself from trouble. The other man was honest from the beginning after he was accused of use of HGH. He took all the blame himself, calling the action stupid and desperate. Basically, he showed a level of maturity that his friend and ex-teammate still has not mastered.

Yes, Andy Pettite used illegal substances. But today is not the day that he should be crucified for that action. He told the truth from the beginning, and in doing so, he kept his honor. For that, he deserves our respect.

The question now becomes what the Yankee clubhouse thinks of this. New York can't afford to let this become a distraction. The Yankees will need Pettite to be what they asked him to be when they signed him: a reliable No. 2 starter who can win the Yankees some games. If he becomes a distraction to players like Derek Jeter, who has shown nothing but class as the Yankee captain--with the possible exception of the A-Rod situation.

But this may be Jeter's toughest challenge as the Bronx Bombers' captain yet. Jeter must keep the clubhouse together in the wake of this situation, which has yet to show how Pettite will be received. I say this is Jeter's challenge because manager Joe Girardi has not had this kind of pressure before. He was a manager for one Florida, which is essentially no pressure at all. New York is the most intense pressure in baseball, especially in this borough. So Jeter must help his manager shoulder the load. If he can't do it, there's a team to the north waiting for any opportunity the Yankees would give them if New York slips in any way.

Oh, I'm not talking about the Red Sox there, they're the favorite in the division already. I'm referring to Toronto.

My time is up. You've all been great. Enjoy City Sleeps.


Shawn Garrison said...

I'm glad you like Jeter. He's always been one of my favorite players despite the pinstripes on his uniform

Dan Angell said...

I've never had anything but respect for Jeter. But darn it, I hate facing that man 19 times a season!

Tigerlooza said...

I hate Jeter, I'm not saying he's a bad player, but the rings and the city he plays in definitely help him keep his venerable status. Something A-Rod won't get no matter how many homers he hits if he doesn't get any jewelry