An Offseason Overshadowed In The Big Apple

Steve ChottCorrespondent IMay 29, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 01:  Andy Pettitte #46 of the New York Yankees reacts to a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during their game on May 1, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

When anyone makes mention of the past offseason in New York or even in baseball, the first thing that comes to mind is Alex Rodriguez. The reports of his steroid use, maybe as early as high school, were published.

New York was in an uproar. But almost everyone in New York doesn't remember what happened much earlier in the offseason.

Longtime and loved Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte was named in the Mitchell Report as someone who had used performance enhancing drugs by his former trainer Brian McNamee. 

Pettitte used the steroids in 2002 and 2004 to help heal injury problems with his elbow, which he had been struggling with. He obtained the steroids from McNamee, who has now become a steroid-dealing symbol. He also got them from his ailing father who needed them for his battle with cancer. 

Pettitte issued an apology to all of his teammates for his steroid use. And as we all know, he was forgiven alot easier than Alex Rodriguez.

But Pettitte's problems wouldn't stop there. 

Soon question's would arise about Roger Clemens' steroid abuse which he strongly denied. All heads would turn to Pettitte who was great friends with Clemens' in their years together with the Yankees and Astros.

Pettitte was forced to go in front of Congress and testify about Clemens' use along with his own. He once again admitted to using the steroids and testified that he remembers Roger Clemens telling him he had used performance enhancing drugs. 

Roger Clemens' had to keep his image though and claims that Pettitte must have "misremembered." That was just one of Clemens' interesting responses. 

Pettitte has never taken back these claims. 

But this all happened while Pettitte was not a Yankee, as he was still considering if he wanted to play or not. 

On January 26th, Pettitte signed a 1-year $5.5 million dollar deal with incentives.

He could play baseball again. He could focus on baseball and take his mind off the offseason and just play ball. He has done well so far going 4-1 this season.

Unlike Alex Rodriguez and Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte's steroid use was forgiven and forgotten. And that's the way he likes it.