Andy Pettitte admitted to using HGH in a press conference yesterday:
"In 2002 I was injured. I had heard that human growth hormone could promote faster healing for my elbow," Pettitte said in the statement released to The Associated Press by agent Randy Hendricks. "I felt an obligation to get back to my team as soon as possible. For this reason, and only this reason, for two days I tried human growth hormone. Though it was not against baseball rules, I was not comfortable with what I was doing, so I stopped. "This is it — two days out of my life; two days out of my entire career, when I was injured and on the disabled list," he said. "I wasn't looking for an edge. I was looking to heal."
I must admit I never liked Andy Pettitte, probably because he strikes out White Sox hitters in bunches, but I would like to applaud him for publicly confessing to taking some performance enhancers. I have great respect for someone who takes responsibility for his actions, and I believe Americans are very forgiving people if someone readily admits his mistake. Mexican police officers are not so forgiving. I had a 2-day lapse of judgment myself in Tijuana once, but my apologies fell on deaf ears. Thank God those cops accepted bribes. -KD