Andy Pettitte did his best to pour himself into a life away from Major League Baseball. He coached youth baseball teams and participated in various church projects. He became involved in every aspect of his kids’ lives.
The thing he struggled with, the thing he never really could wrap his mind around, was that he was finished with Major League Baseball. He was still pitching at a high level when he walked away after the 2010 season.
As much as he wanted to be one of those guys who went out on his own terms, he was never completely satisfied with his decision. He’ll tell you he loves his life with his family, and I’m sure he does.
He’s a man of honor and a man of faith, and he desperately wanted to be closer to his family. He also believes God gave him incredible athletic gifts and saw part of his mission as using those gifts. His ministry was to live a very public life a certain way, to be the right kind of man.
...But his return means the Yankees just got smarter and tougher. They got an infusion of character and poise, too. In fact, if you were to make a list of all the intangible things good teams have, Pettitte would check off almost every box.
...Yes, he has admitted to using human growth hormone. He said he was injured and scared in 2004, and he made a terrible mistake. When you think of Andy Pettitte, I’m guessing performance-enhancing drugs are not the first things that come to mind.