Ashmore: Why Does Nobody Care About Andy Pettitte?

As I watch Brian McNamee and Thunder pitcher for a day Roger Clemens get grilled by Congress, I find it endlessly interesting about how Andy Pettitte seems to be getting a free pass from the public.

While it seems it can’t definitively be proved that Clemens did or didn’t do anything, Pettitte has admitted to HGH use.  While all indications are that Clemens has thrown his last pitch, Pettitte is an active Major Leaguer who is currently under contract with the New York Yankees.

Will he face any punishment from Major League Baseball?  How about the Yankees?

As someone who very infrequently gets to cover Major League games, I have very little personal experience with both Pettitte and Clemens, but understand both have very good reputations with the media.  Specifically with Pettitte, I witnessed an exchange with a reporter who mistakenly asked him a question before the game on the day of one of his starts — which is a known no-no.  Once the reporter either realized that or Pettitte informed him of this, the reporter profusely apologized, but Pettitte informed the reporter that it was OK, and encouraged him to interview him.

So at least with Pettitte, considering that example, I can understand his reputation.  But still, I wonder why there has been little scrutiny on him.  It was almost comical to me that an admitted cheater was called “a role model on and off the field” by Congress.

The focus is clearly on whether Clemens did or didn’t do what he’s been accused of, but do his denials make him worse than Pettitte — who has admitted to HGH use?  I have no issue with either Pettitte or Clemens, but just wonder why the focus is solely on Clemens, who…hard as it is to believe, may have never done anything.

Your thoughts are welcomed…

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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8 Responses to “Ashmore: Why Does Nobody Care About Andy Pettitte?”

  1. GrumpyDad4 Says:

    I wonder too about the Pettitte fan/media treatment now that we hear he has admitted to HGH use in 2004. I am listening with amusement, the testimony today but kind of hope that time could have been spent in Congress to address more pressing needs.

  2. thunderbaseball Says:

    First off, welcome to the blog…comments are always welcome here.

    I absolutely agree that there have to be more pressing issues in this country than whether Roger Clemens used steroids or whether the Patriots taped their opponents signals. It’s amazing what the government takes an interest in and what they seem to ignore.

  3. Adam Says:

    It’s the same reason that no one was talking about the Patriots’ cameragate during week 10, there was no more story.

    By Pettitte admitting to the use, he basically ended the story. What else is anyone going to write about? It would just be rehashing the same old.

    I think Pettitte’s admission and use also has fans worried that if a good guy like Pettitte tried PEDs, then it is only a matter of time until one of their favorites is revealed as a PED user as well. You’d think with their heated rivalry that more Red Sox fans would get on the Yankee’s case for Pettitte and all the other Yankee PED use. But I think they reason that they don’t is because they are scarred straight of learning in a few months or even a few years that someone like Big Papi, Pedro, Nomar, Schilling or Johnny Damon were using back in the 03-04 seasons.

    The more people can concentrate on the “jerks” like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, the less they get to think about how probably many of the “good guys” were using as well.

  4. thunderbaseball Says:

    “By Pettitte admitting to the use, he basically ended the story. What else is anyone going to write about? It would just be rehashing the same old.”

    You’re right, that’s how it should work. But I think it would be a little naive to think that this won’t follow him for the entire season if not longer.

  5. GrumpyDad4 Says:

    I agree that the questions will be repeatedly asked of Pettitte (I blame the editors, not the reporters) throughout the year. I wouldn’t be surprised if the questions were posed to him the day after he pitched in the World Series this year (a little optimism being projected).

  6. Ryan Says:

    Mike,
    I have to disagree here.
    Yes, in the normal world, Pettitte would be getting blasted. He’d be a “cheater” and a “louse” and not a “hero” or “role model.”
    But everything is relative. In a world where Clemens denies and denies and Barry Bonds pretends he thought the Cream and the Clear were types of Noxema and whatever obscure minor or fringe major-leaguer gets caught and says “They were vitamins,” Pettitte is a breath of fresh air.
    It reminds me a lot of Jason Giambi, who was openly welcomed back by NY fans and the national media.
    Our culture is far more willing to accept those who say, “I messed up. I’m sorry. Forgive me,” then those who say “I didn’t know what I was doing. Don’t hold me responsible for my actions.”
    If me and five of my friends all cheat on our girlfriends and then our mistresses come forth and say “Listen to what your boyfriends did. I can tell you when it happened, where it happened, what they were wearing when it happened,” and I admit to it and my five friends say, “No way,” who is more likely to be forgiven?
    Pettite is no Cal Ripken Jr., but, in this case, he is doing the right thing, and being rewarded for doing so.

  7. Mike Ashmore Says:

    I talk about being naive, but I guess I’m naive enough myself to operate under the “what if Clemens didn’t do anything” theory.

    I can see what you’re saying in that Pettitte should — at least to an extent — be commended for his honesty. But HGH is still illegal, and he’s essentially being honest about a crime he committed.

    Yeah, it’s great that he’s being honest when so many guys haven’t been, but it’s what he’s being honest about that I think people should consider focusing on…

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