Yesterday, Jim Baumbach used the word “optimism” to describe the Yankees feelings toward Andy Pettitte.
There is a growing optimism within the Yankees that Andy Pettitte will decide to pitch this season, according to two people familiar with the situation.
Yankees people seem a bit more optimistic in recent days. That optimism dates back to several days ago when they learned Pettitte was conducting his usual January workouts.
This after Brian Cashman’s public statements on Wednesday night, saying there was absolutely nothing new to report about Pettitte. Reports of optimism also came 10 days after the Yankees were reportedly growing less optimistic about Pettitte. Cashman keeps saying that he’s moving forward with the belief that Pettitte will not pitch in 2011, and that he feels no need to push Pettitte for a definitive answer.
So what’s optimism worth right now?
It’s probably worth a little bit. Cashman has been in steady contact with Pettitte, and Pettitte reportedly has been working out at home in Texas. Those seem to be good signs — why workout and stay in contact if returning isn’t at least a consideration? — but those things certainly don’t mean anything has been decided.
Optimism is good, but until Pettitte makes an absolute decision, we’re all going to be left guessing.