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Statement from the Yankees

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Dec 15, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

From Howard Rubenstein:

“Late this afternoon Andy Pettitte advised us that he would be making a public statement.  We support his coming forward.”





15 Responses to “Statement from the Yankees”

  1. Phil December 15th, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    Rubenstein went from being loquacious to being the master of brevity.

  2. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! December 15th, 2007 at 6:41 pm

    Phil: Congratulations. You are one of the first people I have seen that has used an actual GRE word in a non-academic context =D

    (Brevity is the soul of wit, don’t you all know that?)

  3. Phil December 15th, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    My squad leader when I was a plebe at the Naval Academy was from the South. He used the word “loquacious” all the time.

    My high school English teacher taught me, “brevity is the key to clear communication.”

  4. BBB December 15th, 2007 at 6:48 pm

    ….Or El Dudearino, if you’re not into that whole brevity thing…

    Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

    Anywho, in case I wasn’t emphatic enough about this in the last post, I support Andy’s coming forward too. I am very proud to be a fan of his and I know you all are too.

  5. dana December 15th, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    Thank you Andy for coming forward. You were always & will remain one of my favorite Yankees.

  6. Buddy Biancalana December 15th, 2007 at 6:53 pm

    As someone who mentioned in the last thread, HGH wasn’t illegal in 2002 so why were the players who used it during that time period even in the report?

    These players reputations are now tarnished forever.

  7. TheGhostOfAlvaroEspinoza December 15th, 2007 at 6:54 pm

    Andy did the right thing and once again showed the caliber of person he is. The mainstream media (and many of our Simian troll friends from Boston) may not have a good grasp of nuance or discernment, but it seems pretty obvious that he cares deeply about his team and about the game, and perhaps had a lapse in judgement. Everyone screws up. It’s not indicative of a pattern of behavior on his part. He’s an honest guy, he’s a good guy, he’s a good player, and I’m glad he’s on the Yanks.

  8. Rockin' Rich December 15th, 2007 at 6:55 pm

    Very classy. Kudos.

    (Unfortunately, I’m not holding my breath waiting for a similar statement from Rocket.)

  9. Storm warning coming to NE December 15th, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    David Ortiz: “I used steroids, but I ain’t apologizing!”

    What a fat*** head!

  10. The Bronx is Burnt December 15th, 2007 at 6:58 pm

    Legal or not it is a PED and he is a cheater in my mind. No better or worse then the rest of them.

  11. Ethan December 15th, 2007 at 7:00 pm

    In 2002, Petite was not on the Yankees. I feel the need to continually repeat this because the media seems to want to bring down Pettite’s accomplishments during the World Series run of the late 1990s & 2000.

    Take this headline from the New York Times: “A Baseball Lover, Key to Tarnishing a Yankee Era”. The author brings up Pettite in the 1st paragraph. Unfortunately, reader’s aren’t able to email this author (unlike most NYT articles) and correct the numerous mistakes.

    Going back to Pettite’s statement, the media disinformation on this story is unbelievable. From the gushing reviews of Mitchell to the hammering of the Yankees without considering the lack of sources Mitchell used. ESPN has probably been the worse, but they’re certainly not the only ones.

    The righteous indignation is really starting to piss me off. Baseball should test players for HGH (I don’t care about the expense/time of the tests at this stage) or else stop acting like they’ve done some marvelous good by commissioning this sill, biased report. Without actual tests, I could care less who Mitchell names and who admits to what. Everyone knows hundreds of players are lucky no towel boys in their lockerooms were facing jail time.

  12. TheGhostOfAlvaroEspinoza December 15th, 2007 at 7:01 pm

    How do you “cheat” if something’s not against the rules?

  13. Buddy Biancalana December 15th, 2007 at 7:04 pm

    Well said GhostofAlvaro!!

  14. NH Mike December 15th, 2007 at 7:11 pm

    Ethan, Andy was with the Yankees until he left for the Astros after the 2003 season, so as much as it hurts to admit it, the incident in question did occur while he wore the interlocking NY.

  15. susan mullen December 15th, 2007 at 11:27 pm

    Credence via media frenzy is being given to a report that would not have existed without Kirk Radomski. In any case, a report so deficient should not have been an international circus which served to ruin peoples’ lives for no reason. If you want to feel “hurt” about something, that would be it. It definitely does not hurt one bit about Andy’s behavior in 2002 for a brief time when he was on the DL and which was not steroids. The only reason this is being hammered to death now is because of a total lack of leadership by the Yankee front office. The round the clock slurs and outright lies against Yankee players and teams could have been greatly reduced had the Yankees issued a statement and perhaps letters to media outlets. I’ve heard numerous clear examples of slander against Yankee players in the past few days that has ruined lives. There is no fear of negative consequence by the person passing the slander–they apparently know nothing bad will happen to them. The Yankees could’ve made a few simple non-defensive statements including the difference between HGH and steroids, the fact that Andy, for example, had only been accused of a period in 2002 when he was on the DL and not for the “Yankee Dynasty” years. One outlet today said Mike Stanton was on the 2000 team and his name was “on the list” and contributed to a tainted team. Aside from the fact that Stanton has denied whatever flimsy evidence caused his name to be “on the list,” that activity was in the year 2003–when he was on the Mets. But the damage has been done and the barrage continues. The Yankees should not allow media outlets to slander the team. By the way, I don’t think Michael Kay realizes the phonies calling into his show pretending to be “hurt” about Andy are one of 3 things. Either they’re totally unaware of how innocuous this thing with Andy was in the first place and don’t understand that the report excluded most other teams simply by luck; they’re calling from mental hospitals, or they’re Red Sox fans. There are many more Red Sox fans interacting with media than Yankee fans. The Yankees are making a big mistake letting this go on in this day and age.

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