Monday, January 26, 2009

The New Season Approacheth

Wake up, my Lightningers!

Andy Pettitte is back!
What a trouper! Taking less than $6 mil upfront and incentives to get him to $12 mil. Says Andy:

“The bottom line is, I’m a man, and I guess it does take a shot at your pride a little bit,” Pettitte said, referring to the pay cut. “But when you put all that aside, I wanted to play for the New York Yankees. I wanted to be there and I wanted to play in that new stadium.

“There’s no doubt in my mind if I went out as a free agent, I could have made an awful lot more money than what I’m signing for. In fact, I know I could have. It’s just a situation, if you want to play for one team, you’re going to have to make sacrifices for that. If it was going to be me taking a pay cut, it was going to be me taking a pay cut.”

First he cheats for one team (whoops, I mean just tries to speed up the healing process!) and now he takes a pay cut and isn't too embarrassed to talk about how humiliating it is despite the fact that we're in a recession/depression and literally millions of people are out of work and more adding to the list every day. At least he's keeping his Christian perspective.

Plus Joe Torre releases a tell-all. I don't buy the whole omerta, what happens in the locker room stays in the locker room malarkey. But I too find Torre's actions distasteful. He couldn't wait till everyone -- or most everyone -- covered was retired? Or at least until HE was retired and wouldn't potentially be playing against some of these guys or maybe keeping his team from signing them because of what he said or just making THEIR life hell? But who am I to tell him to turn down millions of dollars from a publisher who wants their dirt now? And no, I don't take pleasure in the very believable (to me) comment that players on the team refer to Alex as A-Fraud. It just depresses me and bums me out, even if it is further proof (coming from St. Joe no less) that A-Rod does not help build a good team.