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Pettitte: “Dad wants him to go to school”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 08, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Andy PettitteJosh Pettitte made two things clear this afternoon. He feels honored to have been drafted by his father’s team, but he’s still planning to follow his father’s wishes by going to college.

“Me and my dad and our family, we had a talk before the draft started,” Josh said in the Yankees clubhouse after the Yankees took him in the 37th round. “I wasn’t going to sign for that kind of money, but I’m extremely just blessed and honored to be drafted by the Yankees. … I plan on going to Baylor and playing there for three years and then trying again, but I’m just incredibly blessed.”

Josh said the Yankees were in the eighth inning of his father’s 250th career win when amateur scouting director Damon Oppenheimer called with the news.

“I was actually shaving,” Andy said. “And I come walking out here (into the clubhouse) and (Josh) was on the phone. He told me he had just spoke with Damon. I just gave him a big hug and a kiss and told him I love him and I’m proud of him and said, ‘Let’s see what happens three years from now.’ Dad wants him to go to school.”

Postgame, Andy actually walked into the clubhouse as Josh was surrounded by reporters. Other players were taking pictures of the event while Andy stood and laughed.

“We’re going to go to college,” Andy said. “But it was great, and I’m excited for him. Just proud of him. Not just baseball, but the kid that he’s been. We’re very honored and thankful.”

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64 Responses to “Pettitte: “Dad wants him to go to school””

  1. Doreen June 8th, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    This is surreal and great!!

  2. Kelvin June 8th, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    What do you guys think of Andy’s changes at the hall of Fame? Great news for his son by the way, very surreal and cool. Story book almost

  3. fantasygame101 June 8th, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    andy does not trust the Yankees development people enough to gamble on his son’s future. Andy does not want his son to have tommy john surgery after just 1 yr.

  4. mick June 8th, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    better sit youk tmw, get hafner back at dh, tex at 1st, overbay in LF vs the King

  5. mick June 8th, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    andy and son want bigger money and 3 good years at college will get him that

    why waste the pick tho, unless they get to use it again next year when he declines

  6. 4TrainNorth June 8th, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Just thinking it’s kind of strange that AJ, with that barely-over-3.00 ERA, and playing on a team that’s 12 games over .500, has a 4-6 ledger. Poor run support, obvs. I miss him sometimes.

  7. Jerkface June 8th, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    andy does not trust the Yankees development people enough to gamble on his son’s future. Andy does not want his son to have tommy john surgery after just 1 yr.

    -

    Get real, his son is barely a prospect and was drafted in the 37th round. Andy doesn’t need his son getting $10,000 to skip college.

  8. RadioKev June 8th, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Ken Rosenthal ?@Ken_Rosenthal 1h
    Why it makes sense for Hamilton to hit 2nd for #Angels, between Trout and Pujols. Hamilton is seeing 42.1 pct fastballs, lowest in majors.

    The tail wags the dog

  9. Jerkface June 8th, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    why waste the pick tho, unless they get to use it again next year when he declines

    They didnt waste a pick. 37th round pick is nothing, reserved for nepotism picks and org guys. They do not get a second 37th round pick next year because its worthless. You only get high ranking draft picks if the person declines.

  10. fantasygame101 June 8th, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    jerkface

    seriously, you think that was a post about andy’s son future?

  11. RadioKev June 8th, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Kelvin June 8th, 2013 at 8:07 pm
    What do you guys think of Andy’s changes at the hall of Fame? Great news for his son by the way, very surreal and cool. Story book almost
    ——–

    I think he’s got a good case, but I very much doubt he gets in. I’ve read people hemming and hawing about Moose… never mind Andy…

  12. Jerkface June 8th, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    seriously, you think that was a post about andy’s son future?

    Andy’s son is not signing with the Yankees because Andy is worried about their pitching development. He is not signing because he throws 88 mph and can go to a good college and was drafted in the 37th round which has a miniscule bonus. It was a courtesy draft by the Yankees.

  13. jacksquat June 8th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Milia June 8th, 2013 at 6:54 pm
    Yes! We got little Pettitte and O’Neill!

    They should have drafted little Yaz too. :twisted:

  14. fantasygame101 June 8th, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    jerkface..

    Ok if you read it that way. I rest my case.

  15. tucker June 8th, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Nice move by the Yanks to draft Li’l Pettitte on the day Andy gets his 250th win.

    Wasn’t Andy a late-round pick, too? Nice touch even if it was a nepotism pick. Piazza was a nepotism pick, too. So, who knows. Maybe the kid will grow and develop at Baylor.

  16. austinmac June 8th, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Baylor is a good college and good baseball school with an absolutely gorgeous stadium. Good call to go to college.

    Andy looked very sharp today. I don’t know if he will make the Hall, but, my goodness, what a reliable pitcher he has been for a long time. He has always been a pleasure to watch.

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