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Dandy Andy Should Teach a Class on Apologizing
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
If there's one thing we can all learn from this off-season, it's that a little apologizing goes a long way.

In the wake of the Mitchell Report's release, we saw two types of people emerge: those who own up to errors in judgment and those who embark on denial crusades. Dandy Andy Pettitte fell into the former category, acknowledging the veracity of Mitchell's report in his case immediately with a public mea culpa. He didn't beat around the bush; he simply explained his reasons for using HGH (whether those reasons are true or even important is still up in the air in my mind), admitted it was a mistake and issued a sincere apology. He didn't stop there though - when he got to camp he approached each of his teammates individually and apologized yet again! None of the boys seemed to think that was necessary, but it was a nice gesture nonetheless. Hughsie remarked "that's just the kind of guy he is," which is a sentiment that warms my YC heart.

The fanbase as a whole seems to agree with Hughsie and I. On Monday, as Pettitte concluded his batting practice pitching session, the crowd of fans in Tampa gave him a standing "we forgive you and love you, Dandy Boy!" ovation. It is great to see that everyone is letting Pettitte off the hook, so to speak. His apologies have effectively cleared his reputation and he'll be able to perform much better this season without the cloud of anger from fans some thought might hang over his head.

Pettitte's quick return into the good graces of the fans makes me wonder whether Clemens would have gotten the same treatment had he followed suit and plead guilty (assuming he IS guilty, which I think most of us do, even though that's not really fair... eh, forget fair, he juiced and we all know it) rather than fight what appears to be a losing battle against McNameanie and the public. I know that I would have been more than happy to forgive him had he acknowledged his guilt, and I think - and correct me if I'm wrong here - that a large contingent of fans would have done likewise. Now that he's already denied and theres no turning back, though, if indisputable damning proof surfaces, I see no feasible way Clemens could get the same forgiveness we extended to Pettitte.


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posted by Yankees Chick @ Wednesday, February 27, 2008  
4 Comments:
  • At 3:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I hope everyone involved with this steroids mess learns a lesson from Pettite's apology. Hey, if you're honest and sincere with the fans and media, they'll respect you for it! Go figure.

     
  • At 3:25 PM, Blogger Ian said…

    I think it's very admirable that Pettitte was man enough to admit his mistakes. Americans are very forgiving if you admit you're wrong.

    With the justice department getting involved with Clemens testimony, it's going to be very hard for people to forgive him.

     
  • At 5:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I think it's a good thing as well. Andy's done something that was the right thing to do and I'm sure he feels better about it. We seem to forget sometimes that under those colors we root for are people. People that face the day to day crap we do when it comes down to it.

     
  • At 6:30 PM, Anonymous Brian said…

    Just to get a little off subjust, Pettitte is most likely done after this year leaving the Yankees without a starting lefty. Do you think signing CC Sabathia would be a good fit for seveal reasons, such as filling the lefty hole and giving us a proven ace? I'm geussing he would get similar money to Santana, but not the same years due to his weight, and the fact that he will most likely have a down year this year. But do you think the Yankees will go strong since they missed out on several other opertunities to sign ace pitchers?

     
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