Since the Yankees were bounced out of the playoffs by the Rangers last season, the question has been "Is Andy Pettitte going to retire?"
The question has bugged all Yankee fans, who just felt he should give it one more go, just one more. Then there were those who said: "He gave it a good run. It's sad to see him go, but every hero has to ride off into the sunset at some point."
That's what Pettitte has been to the Yankee organization since he made his debut in 1995. He's been a hero, a folk legend in the minds of Yankee fans.
What measures Pettitte's legend status is that, when forced to face his past steroid usage, he didn't run like other players. When faced with it, Pettitte stood up and took the consequences for his actions, facing each steroid accusation with nothing more than that Southern class he has and his family. That's what helps him. At a time when Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds and others all faced these career marring accusations and ran away to hide from them, he faced them head on.
Now, he still has to face his friend and former teammate, Roger Clemens, in court, and retell his past.
Andy Pettitte has done numerous things for this great Yankee organization. I've watched Yankee baseball since I was born, so it's in my blood. Andy Pettitte is one of the greatest Yankees.
Now it's time to replace him. Close up his chapter, walk him out (best of luck to him in his future endeavors) and say goodbye.
This hole where Andy Pettitte, No. 46, stood has to be filled, but by which players? Here are some in-team and possible trade/free agent options.