Joe Girardi will attend as a show of support. It is not certain whether any teammates will be there.
Pettitte will not work out with the team, meaning he will have missed four days before he takes the field on Tuesday. Girardi and GM Brian Cashman said it is their understanding that Pettitte has thrown off the mound already in Texas and should be able to catch up to the rest of the starters quickly.
Clearly Pettitte has some questions to answer. He has twice lied about his use of performance enhancing drugs. He said in 2006 he had never used PEDs. He claimed to have used HGH once in 2002 after being named in the Mitchell Report. But earlier this month he admitted to using HGH again in 2004.
Was there a third or fourth time? Did Pettitte purposely mislead the Yankees before he signed his $16 million extension in January? How is his relationship with Roger Clemens?
We should get some answers tomorrow.
Some see-no-evil fans are defending Pettitte, saying that HGH was not specifically banned by baseball when he used it. That’s simply not true. Since the early 1990s, baseball has banned the use of prescription drugs without a prescription.
Meanwhile, his teammates seem willing to forgive and forget.
â€œHeâ€™s going to need some help from everybody. But this is your family. You spend more time here than your own house. You need your family to support you,â€ Mariano Rivera said.