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.
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.
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.