Technically, the Andy Pettitte story did not change last night. There was a brief report that Pettitte had made a final decision, but Brian Cashman quickly explained that it was all a misunderstanding. The Yankees had not heard anything new. The story was — and is — exactly as it was at the end of season.
Here’s the story: Pettitte has told the Yankees to move forward as if he won’t be pitching in 2011. He’ll let them know if anything changes, and last we heard from Pettitte himself, he was still trying to make up his mind.
The story hasn’t changed, but the situation is different day by day.
Every day that goes by with that same old story is another day in which Pettitte has not changed his mind. It’s one less day for Pettitte to call the Yankees and tell them he’s coming back. It’s one less day for Pettitte to add some bulk to the Yankees thin rotation.
With every day that passes, the possibility of a Pettitte retirement grows a little more real. The discussion becomes a little less theoretical.
The Pettitte story is the same today as it was yesterday. The only difference is that yesterday there were 33 days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training. Today there are only 32.
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