Regarding #1: The Yankees have expressed their appreciation, both in the form of verbal acknowledgment over the years, and in the form of millions of dollars and multiple contracts. It's possible that Pettitte is still upset about not getting more money with his first contract (see Joel Sherman's Birth of a Dynasty) and the fact that the Yankees didn't making signing him a priority before he left to play in Houston. Regarding #2: Baseball is a business. If they can save a few million dollars, they're going to do so. Regarding #3: Pettitte signed a one year deal for $16 million and did not tell the team what would be coming out in the Mitchell Report. In 2008, he had a 14-14 record. So first he was deliberately disingenuous, and then he didn't have a great year.
Pettitte was a huge piece of the Yankees' success in the last championship run from 1996-2000 and the team shouldn't have let him go to Houston. I've admired him as a player for his ability to pitch under pressure and hated to see him leave. I own some of his baseball cards. I'm a fan.
I wouldn't mind seeing Pettitte come back, as good lefties are few and far between and he's shown the ability to be a real workhorse in the past. But he should seriously just take whatever multi-million dollar salary they're offering at this point before the offer takes another nose dive.
Mr. Pettitte, if you publicly state that you will either play for the Yankees or retire and the Yankees offer you millions of dollars to play. . . and you go play for another team? Then it's hard not call you a hypocrite.
"For all of us up here, it's a huge honor to put this uniform on every day and come out here and play," he opened, pausing as Rivera and Jason Giambi shifted uncomfortably alongside him. Brushing his left hand across the brim of his cap, Jeter looked past the flickering cameras and continued. "And every member of this organization, past and present, has been calling this place home for 85 years," he said. "There's a lot of tradition, a lot of history and a lot of memories. Now, the great thing about memories is, you're able to pass it along from generation to generation. "And although things are going to change next year, we're going to move across the street, there are a few things with the New York Yankees that never change -- its pride, its tradition and, most of all, we have the greatest fans in the world." With that came a great roar and television cameras showed former New York mayor and self-proclaimed No. 1 Yankees fan Rudy Giuliani clapping from the front row. The smiling players waved their caps. "We're relying on you," Jeter concluded, "to take the memories from this stadium and add them to the new memories that come to the new Yankee Stadium, and continue to pass them on from generation to generation. "On behalf of this entire organization, we want to take this moment to salute you, the greatest fans in the world."
"O'Neill is the only player in history to have played on the winning side of three perfect games, and two of them were at Yankee Stadium, by David Wells on May 17, 1998, and by David Cone on July 18, 1999. The other was by the Reds' Tom Browning Sept. 16, 1988, at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium."
"The Yankees haven’t been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention since Sept. 27, 1993, when Bill Clinton was a first-year president and gasoline averaged about $1.13 per gallon. New York’s regulars then included Mike Stanley and Pat Kelly along with a young Bernie Williams, Don Mattingly, Paul O’Neill and Wade Boggs. Derek Jeter was a 19-year-old playing at Greensboro in the Class A South Atlantic League, teammate of a 22-year-old starting pitcher named Mariano Rivera. Andy Pettitte was 21 and spent most of the year at Prince William of the Class A Carolina League, where he pitched to Jorge Posada, a 22-year-old catcher."
"Alex Rodriguez made major league history by agreeing with an umpire. The New York Yankees third baseman, a lightning rod for headlines on and off the field throughout his career, saw his ninth-inning home run Wednesday night the same way as third base umpire Brian Runge. So did baseball’s instant replay system. Rodriguez’s long blast down the left field line was upheld in baseball’s first use of video to review boundary calls, and the Yankees beat the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays 8-4."
"The 34-year-old Matsui was having a stellar season prior to his injury, hitting .323 with seven homers and 34 RBI in 69 games. But he may not be able to return for the Yankees, who also have been without outfielder Johnny Damon. Matsui, for his part, did not sound optimistic, referring to the injury as similar to a right knee ailment which needed operation in the offseason. That surgery required months of rehabilitation and another procedure likely would place him out of the lineup for the remainder of the campaign." [Yahoo! Sports]
It reminds you a bit of car repairs. Sometimes you can fix one side and not the other and get a bit more mileage out of the unrepaired part, but eventually it will have to be repaired or replaced.