Not that I'm surprised, because there were rumblings that when he retired last year that he had left the door open slightly to return in 2012.
I'm a big Andy Pettitte fan. He is a classy athlete and has won a lot of big games. In fact, no pitcher has ever won more post-season games, in part because he started his career post-Wildcard playoffs for the best team in baseball. But winning all those October games still required a lot of talent and nerves of steel.
And as good as Andy is for the game (except for that brief--that we know of--daliance with PEDs), you don't like to see retired guys come back after missing a season.
Can he help the Yankees? Time will tell. But at $2.5 million, he is worth the risk. The Yankees make that much in beer sales over a weekend series with Boston.
My question is why? Didn't Andy want to spend time coaching his kids' little league teams? Wasn't this supposed to be Mariano Rivera's final victory lap? What if Andy gets bombed and puts manager Joe Girardi in the unenviable position to bench him?
It's tough to say goodbye to the game. In my soon-to-be-released book with Steve Blass, the former Pirates' pitcher goes on and on how about how badly he missed the game--even before he was forced to officially retire. The baseball life is just a heartbreak to give up. But its better to leave on top like Pettitte did than to risk, as he is about to, part of his legacy as one of the all-time great Yankee pitchers.