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Pettitte arrives, throws in pen

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 18, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Andy Pettitee touched down in Tampa around 11:30 a.m. He was over at the minor-league complex a short time later and threw a 35-pitch bullpen session with pitching coach Dave Eiland watching.

The pitchers who threw over at Legends Field were at 40 pitches today, so Pettitte is only a tick behind.

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46 Responses to “Pettitte arrives, throws in pen”

  1. John February 18th, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    Good to hear!

  2. Elizabeth February 18th, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    That’s a bit of a relief. Post said he looked like he was in shape, too, so that’s also good to hear.

  3. whozat February 18th, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    “That’s a bit of a relief. ”

    Did people really think he wouldn’t be in shape and good to go?

  4. murphydog February 18th, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Let’s see how he pitches around 3 pm.

  5. Jimmy February 18th, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    We lova ya, Andy!!!

  6. Jeff February 18th, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    We love ya, Andy!

  7. painttheblack23 February 18th, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    Andy’s a professional and a veteran.. he knows how to turn it on when he needs to. I have no worries with Pettitte. 15 wins.

  8. mel February 18th, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Thanks, Pete. Nice to know that Andy hasn’t completely fallen apart.

  9. Drive 4-5 February 18th, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    Hate to disappoint the media, but that bullpen session is far more important and far more relevant than their b.s. session that will follow.

  10. Jeter fan February 18th, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Andy Pettitte’s news conference isn’t going to be televised is it?

  11. Chuck February 18th, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    News conference will definitely be live on mlb.com at least — my guess is ESPN News (and possibly ESPN itself) will also cover it live — maybe YES too…

  12. Scott February 18th, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    After the admission that he tried HGH after 2002, people will have a hard time believing what he says.

    I would love to hear him say “I will not have a problem focusing on the mound because now, my heart and head are clear. I have told everything there is to tell. It’s all out in the open and I am, for the first time in a few years, pitching with an entirely clean conscience.”

    The look on his face today should be one of relief – the one of someone getting everything off his chest.

    I look forward to hearing what he has to say.

    I don’t know if it’s getting televised. YES currently has the Bucky Dent home run game showing. They just ended the top of the 7th with Goose throwing gas. It’s probably timed to end at 3pm EST. I wonder if they will carry it?

  13. Brian (Red Sox fan) February 18th, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    As a Sox fan, I’d love Pettitte to fall apart this season, but I doubt it. He has always been a pitcher who competes superbly against Boston.

    Also, he’s been carrying this PED thing around for several years now. Only he knows the extent of his use (for now), but it’s clear that he’s been in constant fear of being outed for some time now. And he has produced on the field, regardless.

    From Pettitte’s viewpoint, he must be extremely upset that Clemens decided to go on a full attack mode. Pettitte quickly acknowledged the veracity of the Mitchell Report, and had reason to believe that he could “get out of Dodge” with a quick “mea culpa.”

    But Clemens just had to impugn a government witness and a government investigation. Pettitte knew that Clemens was an abuser, and yet had to watch as Clemens uncorked the whole can of worms. By the time Clemens was finished, Clemens had taken down Pettitte, Knoblauch, his own wife, his mother, his lawyers, his agents, his nanny, and anyone else who had a different version of the “truth.”

    So Pettitte was collateral damage in The Roger Clemens Nuclear War. If I were Pettitte, I’d be furious.

  14. Chuck February 18th, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    Just checked — ESPN News “pregame show” will start at 2:30 pm. OTL on ESPN will be covering live at 3PM with coverage of Pettitte.

  15. EY February 18th, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    I don’t care what he says or whether he did use it or not. What’s important is he’s not using it now – focus on the present and the future, not the past.

    15 wins.

  16. vrsce February 18th, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    There is no reason for Andy to feel ashamed. the witch hunt mentality that has captured the media and much of this blog is laughable.
    Petite took HGH on a very limited basis. He did not change his body or enhance his performance.

    If you seekers of truth and justice (including Congress)need a holy crusade, try pursuing the investment bankers on Wall Street who have plundered hundreds of billions from innocent people and jeopardized the world’s economy.

  17. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! February 18th, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Espn is covering this like a blanket! It is sickening.

  18. Patrick February 18th, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    I think some people are losing touch with reality when it comes to Pettitte and PED’s. Put yourself in Andy’s shoes back when he took the HGH. First, HGH was not specifically banned by baseball and it was not illegal to take. (Yes Pete we know all drugs not perscribed are illegal to take) Second, Andy didn’t take this stuff to become a better pitcher, he took it both times to help him get back from an injury. Was Pettitte really doing this maliciously or just trying anything to get healthy faster? Not to mention HGH does nothing if you are above the age of 20 but thats besides the point.

    Obviously what he did is wrong but in my opinion the degree of wrongness(if thats a word) is being blown WAY out of proportion.

  19. Scott February 18th, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    YES will cover it live as well. I just saw it scroll by on the ticker. Goose just got through the 8th after letting up a bunch of base hits and a couple runs. Yanks up 5-4. Good game! I wonder how it ends ;-)

  20. george February 18th, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    ESPN = Especially Stupid Programming Network

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