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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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