What would the Yankees have done if they hadn’t signed Pettitte during the off-season? If memory serves, the negotiations went right down to the wire, with spring training just around the corner, before he and the Yanks finally said, “Done deal.” I admit it: I wavered.
One day, I’d say, “Why is he asking for more money?”
The next day, I’d say, “Why won’t the Yankees just pay him what he’s asking for?”
He was The Forgotten Man, given all the attention going to CC, A.J. and Joba, and he must have felt pretty crappy about it – especially because he’d told anybody who’d listen how much he wanted to pitch in the new stadium.
Funny how things work out. Now The Forgotten Man could be pitching Game Two in the ALDS.
The Yankees’ 6-4 victory over the Blue Jays today was also Andy’s fourth straight win. While he wasn’t nearly as sharp as in his almost-perfecto against the O’s, he kept the Yanks in the game. His five walks were a surprise and his defense made some “interesting” plays behind him, but he battled. I hope Joba and the other young pitchers were taking notes. They could have learned a lot about grinding it out when you don’t have your best stuff.
Meanwhile, the red hot bats picked up where they left off, pre-Halladay. When the score was tied 2-2 in the fifth? No biggie. Tex to the rescue. When the Yankees needed insurance runs at 3-2 in the sixth? Problem solved. A-Rod, who has added the single-up-the-middle to his arsenal, came through with an RBI hit, as did Posada. Cano went deep. Melky had a nice day at the plate too.
Oh, speaking of Melky…
He does provide comic relief. A few weeks ago he fouled a ball off a sensitive area of his anatomy, and the guys in the dugout broke out laughing at his reaction. Today he was hit on the leg by a pitch in the fourth and screamed “Aaaaaah!” before the ball even touched him.
But nothing is funnier/weirder/more bizarro than this video of him in a hotel room eating peanuts. Let’s just say the She-Fan Cam would have been a better gig for him.