When Andy Pettitte made his first all-star team in 1996, he was 24 years old and the other Yankees representatives were Wade Boggs and John Wetteland: Two players who haven’t been in Major League Baseball since 2000. That day, Pettitte had as many American League teammates who are currently in the Hall of Fame (Boggs and Cal Ripken) as are currently playing in the big leagues (Alex and Ivan Rodriguez).
Pettitte has played beyond almost all of the other 1996 all-stars, but he said making this year’s team doesn’t have him thinking any more or less about when he’ll finally call it a career.
“I’m exactly where I’ve been all along,” he said. “I’ll get through the end of this season, see where we’re at and reevaluate it. As I stand here today, I don’t plan on pitching three or four years from now. Things can change, and I know people keep asking me that, but I feel like I need to go home and be with my family; be a dad and be a husband.”
Pettitte had plans of going to Texas during the all-star break. He was going to spend that time at home with his family, but he’ll instead spend that family time in Anaheim. He’ll have his boys in the clubhouse with him.
“Josh was 6 last time,” Pettitte said. “He was out on the field with me and stuff like that and was able to be in the clubhouse and meet some the guys, but Jared was too young and obviously Luke wasn’t around. It’ll just be special for them. They’re extremely fired up about it.”
Here’s Pettitte’s reaction to finding out he was definitely going to the All-Star Game.