Yankees General Manager has but one small request to Andy Pettitte, "Don't Brett Favre us."
"He’s opting not to play right now but that might change it might not. I told him don’t ‘Brett Favre’ us. You got to be all in and fully dedicated to play. Do I need him? I need him, but I don’t want him to play if his heart’s not in it.”As much as I love the newly coined phrase "Don't Brett Favre us," wouldn't "Don't Roger Clemens us" be more appropriate? Clemens was jerking around teams long before Brett Favre. If anyone deserves that dishonorable distinction, it's Clemens.
Also, I don't think Pettitte is 'Brett Favre-ing' the Yankees. He's been considering retirement for a few years now, and it looks like he's finally ready to give it the old college try. It's possible that he'll get the itch to play sometime in late March or early April, but he and the Yankees will cross that bridge if and when that happens. He's done the right thing by informing the Yankees that he doesn't plan on starting the 2011 season in uniform. That's the difference between Favre/Clemens and Pettitte. Pettitte is man enough to tell his team to move on without him, regardless of the potential consequences.