I know he's not the same pitcher he was when he left after the 2003 season. I know he's been injured and many questioned whether he would retire rather than re-sign with any team. I know he's older now, and I know that Yankees fans themselves are saying he's not the magic bullet.
But I'm having flashbacks to 2003 just looking at the picture above. I always had tremendous respect and a healthy fear of Pettitte. Let's hope it's not warranted.
Oh, and this angle on the Pettitte signing? I do not like it, Sam I am.
Then again, the masshole in me is ready with the counterarguments--let 'em keep shelling out the cash for aging starters. I'm not psyched about J.D. Drew (I have to say, the fact that his initials are actually "D.J." kind of bothers me in a way I can't put my finger on), and I'm definitely not joyful about signing a man who hit a combined .278 last season and who also represents a defensive downgrade at short and who is generally a scumbag. But once we get Matsuzaka...anyone heard if we're getting Matsuzaka?
OK. So we have:
(1) outfielder made of glass
(1) outfielder who wants to get out of here but probably can't
(1) outfielder who last year was a disappointment
(1) outfielder remeniscent of no one so much as Pedro Cerrano from Major League: "Straight ball, I hit very much."
(1) catcher whose offense dropped off like the Marianas Trench last season
(0) backup catchers
(1) not-signed (but maybe? hopefully) Japanese pitcher
(1) Josh Beckett
(1) Matt Clement
Is that everything?
Well, no. On the bright side, I haven't heard of us trading Mike Lowell for A-Rod at third base yet. Also on the bright side, we have:
(1) Curt Schilling for one more year
(1) Kevin Youkilis
(1) Jonathan Papelbon
(1) Mark Loretta
(1) Tim Wakefield
(1) cancer-free Jon Lester
So basically, on the bright side, our team is younger. And uh...I'll have to get back to you if you want any more than that.
* It's clear to anyone who has read this blog for more than two minutes how I feel about Keith Foulke, who is now officially gone, but so far I haven't been able to decide if I should write a big goodbye post in the style of Joy of Sox; I feel like I've said my piece about Foulke, 2004, the lack of appreciation, the misunderstandings...and all of it at least twice. But I also don't know if I can just let his leaving go by without some acknowledgement. I'm thinking it over.