1. According to Joe Girardi, Pettitte – although still likely to retire – has been throwing at home in Texas, just in case he decides to pitch again this year. “He wants to be prepared, whatever his decision is,” Girardi told reporters. Hmmm.
2. Ostensibly in between bites of pancakes yesterday, Brian Cashman told a crowd in Connecticut that when he last spoke to Pettitte he asked the pitcher to be sure about his decision, whatever it ends up being. In other words, Cashman doesn’t want Pettitte to come back if he’s not fully invested in the idea of playing another year. “I told him don’t ‘Brett Favre’ us,” Cashman said, according to the Middletown Press. “You got to be all in and fully dedicated to play. Do I need him? I need him, but I don’t want him to play if his heart’s not in it.”
What does it all mean? My money is still on Pettitte staying retired. Then again if he’s staying in shape and throwing …
* That’s an AP shot of Pettitte.