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January 21, 2011

Yankees to Andy Pettitte: "Don’t Favre Us"

With Mark Prior and Andruw Jones in the fold and rumors of adding Kevin Millwood and/or Freddy Garcia popping up across the interwebs...does it seem out of place that the New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was addressing a Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce breakfast earlier in the week?

Seriously, Cashman...a New Jersey Chamber of Commerce breakfast? 

I've been to a number of those things and while I always pretend to be interested to learn the new, exciting goings on of local "officials"...they're pretty boring.

But then, according to The Trentonian.

Wait...Trenton's newspaper is actually called The Trentonian?

Anyway...according to The Trentonian, the former wunderkind dropped the following:

“Andy has talking about being home for years,” said Cashman. “Being from Texas and having to be in New York for six months out of the year can be hard because he has kids and he’s missing important time with them. 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.”

Interesting that Cashman dropped a "Favre" into conversation given it was Pettitte's former best friend Roger Clemens who used to jerk the Yankees around every offseason.  I dunno...asking Pettitte to not be a "Clemens" would seem to be more apt.

Now, this is the point where most sites would go the route of a Brett Favre dong reference...but The Hall will refrain.

Instead, it needs to be pointed out that if/when Pettitte returns, his 240 wins will rank him second behind Jamie Moyer (267 wins) on the active list.  Additionally, with 2251 strikeouts, the lefty is third behind Moyer (2405) and Javier Vazquez (2374) among active hurlers.

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