It’s more or less a given that Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera will be back, but Andy Pettitte is a complete unknown heading into this offseason, and the Yankees don’t expect answers from him any time soon.
“In Andy’s case,” Brian Cashman said. “Usually it takes a little time.
Pettitte himself expects to take some time before he makes a decision on retirement. Every time he addressed the question last night, his answer seemed to be a balance of good and bad. He wants to pitch, but he wants to see his family, and it’s difficult to do both.
“I wish I could tell you, I really do,” Pettitte said. “I wish I knew. I’m just not sure. The only thing I know right now is I love taking the mound every fifth day. Unfortunately there’s a lot of other stuff that — at this point, at this stage of my life –that I don’t like about baseball. It obviously just has to do with the family.
“Just go home, let this settle in, and really probably try not to think about this for a little while. And then just figure out what I want to do. I don’t want to make any rash decisions. I wish I knew. I really do. I wish I know what I was going to do right now, but I just don’t.”
Pettitte said he’s “really not sure” whether this sort of finish makes it more or less likely that he’ll come back. He seems to think back, not to the postseason, but to the regular season, when he’s constantly flying back and forth, splitting his time between two responsibilities.
“The kids are getting to an age where I want to be home,” he said. “But I also know how important what I do is. I’m a man, and this is my job. This is all I’ve ever known as an adult. I want to make sure I fully exhaust myself from this and run it out.”
Associated Press photo of Pettitte with Kerry Wood