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ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 13: American League All-Star Andy Pettitte #46 of the New York Yankees comments on the passing of New York Yankees principal owner George M. Steinbrenner IIIi during MLB All-Star Media Availability at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 13, 2010 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
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Kate ConroySenior Analyst IIJanuary 13, 2011

The off-season keeps getting worse for the New York Yankees, as ace Andy Pettitte finally gave word that he was not physically ready for the 2011 season.
 
What does this mean exactly?
 
It construes that Pettitte has not been preparing this off-season for an on-time return to the Bronx, but he is could come back later on.
 
This is starting to sound a little to ‘Brett Favre’ for my likes, but it is also shocking that Pettitte would be so inconsiderate to his teammates.
 
Why not tell this to the Yankees in December?
 
The selfless thing and what Pettitte should have done, was inform the Yankees the moment he decided not to train. That would have been over a month ago.
 
People retire all the time that held their jobs for decades longer than Pettitte, and it is a hard adjustment for anyone to get used too. Still, there is a line of respect that an individual owes their employer and fellow co-workers by not making about personal apprehension.
 
This flip-flopping by Pettitte is unwarranted, considering the team needs his talents more than ever this coming season.
 
Pettitte’s uncertainty is natural, but it doesn’t make his actions right.
 
The Yankees, like any other sports franchise deserves players to give there all for the entire time required. That is part of the deal.
 
To play or not to play is a cowardly stance to take. It casts Pettitte in a very unflattering light.
 
Baseball is a team sport, and Pettitte’s doubtfulness does answer one question.
 
Sadly, Andy Pettitte is not a team player anymore. Please stay retired and thanks for the memories.

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