The Yankees just wrapped up a 5-2 win on the road against the Red Sox, but the day’s main event happened back home in Tampa.
Andy Pettitte’s spring training debut happened on a back field at the Yankees spring training complex. The video above is his second at-bat of the day, which started with a ball past catcher Gary Sanchez and ended with Francisco Arcia striking out looking. You can hear pitching coach Larry Rothschild calling balls and strikes from behind the mound.
“I think Larry has kind of spaced out my bullpens and my BP work,” Pettitte said. “I think I’m going to do one more simulated game before I even get in a real game. We’re treating it a little bit differently I think. But I think it’s just because it’s so long and I really have a good idea what I need. And especially throwing today, everything’s right there, so for me it’s just getting the bullpens and repetition and keeping the feel of it and hopefully being able to carry it right into the game. It’ll be good to get in a real game. It’s always different down here, just because the adrenaline’s not flowing quite like it is in a regular season start, but this is all part of the process and it’s been going really well.”
The unusual spring schedule might not work for everyone, and almost certainly wouldn’t work for younger players, but Pettitte said he’s actually found significant comfort in getting prepared this way.
Here’s video of Pettitte explaining why he likes throwing simulated games in spring training.