We get that Andy Pettitte is a God-fearing man, and originally that’s why he said he had to tell the truth about his dear friend Roger Clemens and the same performance-enhancing drugs that Pettitte says he used twice and only twice in his own career, because doing it more than that, like the rest of the dirty cheaters, would have been wrong, wrong, wrong.
Pettitte can’t have it both ways. Can’t have it both ways even as a beloved Yankee who won all those games for them, even as much as he wants people to like him. Again: He was either telling the truth four years ago in a deposition for Congress, or he was telling the truth the other day in Washington when his lawyer, Jay Reisinger, nearly walked him all the way to the witness chair like a parent walking a child to his first day of school.
It was a nuanced performance, you bet. Pettitte put himself in no legal peril, because this is the end of it for the government and steroids. After Bonds and Clemens, the government will close the books on ballplayers using steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs once and for all. And if you are one who never thought the government should have been involved in the first place, you will cheer like you do at the ballpark when somebody on your team has a big home run, or get the kind of big outs Clemens and Pettitte always got for the Yankees.
But if you give Pettitte every possible benefit of the doubt, he comes up looking like a huge phony here.