Let’s compare the recent actions of two players:
Player A: He opted out of his contract during Game 4 of the World Series. His agent gave the news to a few reporters then called Brian Cashman and left a text message. The player ignored several requests to speak with the owners of team and still hasn’t given any public explanation for his actions.
Player B: This guy declined his option for 2008, saying he wanted more time to think it over. He personally called Brian Cashman with the news and they spoke for nearly 20 minutes. He then had his agent send an e-mail to the Associated Press so the news would get out to everybody once the season was over. The player will be in New York on Friday to attend a charity dinner and will speak to the media then.
Business is business. But how you conduct business says a lot. Alex Rodriguez will leave the game of baseball more wealthy than anybody could imagine. But you have to wonder how differently people would view him if he acted just a little more like Andy Pettitte.
In talking to Cashman last night, he made it clear that the Yankees will talk often with Pettitte and he’s hopeful they’ll make a deal. Given how Pettitte handled his option, clearly the door is wide open.