Let me make one thing perfectly clear. I am happy that Andy Pettitte is returning. I am not as giddy as some people who think its 1998 all over again. Having Andy back is good. But, as the Andy Pettitte reunion lovefest blooms, I began to wonder a few things.
The Yankees unceremoniously let Andy walk away after the 2003 season. They decided that his gimpy elbow wouldn't hold up. They were right. in 2004 he was 6-4 in 89 innings. Most of the season was spent on the DL. He was 17-9 in 2005 and 14-13 in 2006. If the Yanks didn't like his elbow then, what makes them think its any better now? To me its 519 innings older.
14-13 in 2006. We boo'd a guy who was 17-11. Andy gave up 238 hits. We blew razzberries at a guy who gave up 194. The papers trashed the guy who gave up 28 homeruns but are gleeful about signing a guy who gave up 27. As for the rest of the stats the two are pretty much equal. One guy got a new contract, the Yankees were trashed for paying the other guy so much.
So what happens if Andy pettitte has a season similar to 2006? Does he get the same treatment as the 17 win guy, or does he get a pass because of what he has done in the past?