It can’t be easy for a player, on the day of his retirement, to answer a question about his own Hall of Fame chances. Listening back through today’s press conference, I really feel like Andy Pettitte did a nice job of not only answering the question, but also bringing some perspective about what great players see in other great players.
“I’ve never considered myself a Hall of Famer. I feel honored that people are talking about it. I never dreamed that I would be able to be talked about as far as the Hall of Fame. My only desire ever in this game was to go out to try to compete as best I can, and I knew if I kept this team in the game, then I’d have a chance to win and be successful. And over all the years, it’s kind of added up to what it has. I guess I’ve got to be close to having those credentials or guys wouldn’t be talking about it as much as they do.
“But this game has been so difficult for me, and such a grind. The several players that I’ve played with that I know are for sure Hall of Famers, to me they’ve made it look so easy. I know it’s not easy, but they make it look so easy, and they’ve made it look so easy for so many years. That’s who I look at as, those are Hall of Fame players. I can honestly say that this game hasn’t been that easy for me.”