It was Thanksgiving weekend when Andy Pettitte’s agent called the Yankees and let them know Pettitte wanted to come back for 2010. Less than two weeks later, a deal was complete.
“It’s great, it really is,” Pettitte said in an afternoon conference call. “I wanted to get home. I wanted to get this decision made and get it behind me, just move forward from there. I didn’t want to hold the Yankees up in any way.”
Pettitte said he and his wife went home after the playoffs and waited a little more than a week before talking about whether to come back, and given the way the season ended, retirement crossed Pettitte’s mind.
“There’s no doubt it did,” he said. “For me, I couldn’t have wrote it up any better. I just could not have wrote a script any better than last year ended. I was like, what else is there to do? Why would you even continue to play? But, then you start talking to guys and it’s like, I want to make sure I’m done. I want to make sure I fully exhaust myself and I don’t want to regret not playing. I want to come back and help this organization win another one, basically. That’s what you play for.”
Because of the postseason, Pettitte said he’s considering pushing back the day he starts throwing. He usually starts on January 1, but he might start two weeks later this year. Pettitte said he’ll check with Dave Eiland before setting an offseason plan. As for the Yankees offseason plan — which seems to be taking shape more quickly than anyone could have expected — Pettitte said he would welcome another arm, but he’s confident in what the Yankees have in house.
“I feel like we have a whole lot of options right now,” Pettitte said. “I know the Yankees are always trying to get better as an organization. Always trying to prepare for the future. If they could swing a deal for another arm, that’s not going to do anything but help us have an opportunity to win another championship, so that would be great if they could do that. But if not, I believe that we feel like we’re probably strong enough and if we stay healthy we have a good shot at making another run at this thing.”