After losing out on free agent pitcher Cliff Lee, the New York Yankees have been questionably desperate in filling the spot in their rotation vacated by Andy Pettitte, who has previously announced that he is done with baseball. Probably. You know, maybe. While Yankees GM Brian Cashman has made it clear that his team isn’t desperate, he has also said that he would love to have Andy back if he wants to be a Yankee for one more season. He just can’t be all Brett Favre about it.
“Andy has talking about being home for years,” said Cashman. “Being from Texas and having to be in New York for six months out of the year can be hard because he has kids and he’s missing important time with them. He’s opting not to play right now but that might change it might not. I told him don’t ‘Brett Favre’ us. You got to be all in and fully dedicated to play. Do I need him? I need him, but I don’t want him to play if his heart’s not in it.” (Via The Trentonian)
Admittedly, it’s hard to take Cashman very seriously after he let Roger Clemens act like Favre before Favre was Favre. But I really hope more team officials and general managers use this new strategy. Wouldn’t it be great if Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge publicly told Rasheed Wallace that he better not Brett Favre the Boston Celtics? On a far lesser scale, if the Kansas City Royals told Gil Meche that he better not Favre them? Imagine the joy that we’d finally witness as owners and GMs grabbed their cojones all because Favre has been such a douchebag.
Cashman also said that this year’s Yankee squad is making up for its shortcomings by focusing on teamwork. He’s even had Navy SEALs come in to talk to the players about having each other’s backs, to which Alex Rodriguez just blushed.