Ever since he officially made the all-star team, Andy Pettitte has talked a lot about taking his kids to the game. They’ll finally be old enough to understand the magnitude of what’s happening, Pettitte said, and he’s excited to share the moment with them.
Yesterday, though, Pettitte added a bit of a wrinkle to the feel-good, family story.
“All they’re really fired up about is the Home Run Derby,” Pettitte said. “Thinking they could go out there and shag in the outfield. I’m worried one of them is going to take one on the nose.”
The derby begins tonight at 8, and it seems safe to assume the Pettitte boys — Andy included — will be cheering for Nick Swisher, who said he’s been nervous ever since he agreed to participate.
“It’s just like doing our net drill on the field,” he said. “But in front of 10 million people. No added pressure.”
Swisher is not the favorite to win the derby, but I’ll declare him the one most likely to enjoy the experience.
Also worth a link, MLB.com and State Farm are running the Go To Bat charity initiative in connection to the Home Run Derby. It’s worth checking out.
Associated Press photo.