As the East Coast Phillies constituency turns out the lights on another exhausting day of surfing the Internet, Andy Pettitte’s name emerges in connection with the hometown nine.
If I had time to connect the dots in today's browser history, I’m bound to find the source who reported that the Phillies are interested in Andy Pettitte. You’ll just have to take my word that they are, because someone said.
Pettitte is a true hot stove originator. The Phils first started kicking the tires on Pettitte way back when baseball fans were adding Royals shortstop Carlos Febles to their fantasy team using their 56 kbit/s dial-up modem. In 1999, the Phillies offered Adam Eaton, outfielder Reggie Taylor and a player to be named, said to be lefthanded prospect Anthony Shumacker, for Pettitte, but the deal obviously never happened. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Febles is gone, but his teammate, the other Carlos (Beltran), did OK. While thousands of sites like Beerleaguer have spawned in order to repackage reports like this in clever ways, the first-hand sources have miraculously stayed the same. It was Buster Olney who first reported the Pettitte deal in 1999, only it was for the New York Times, not ESPN.
So here's Pettitte again, over nine years later. Can the 36-year-old still pitch? Sure, but he posted the lowest ERA+ of his entire career last season (98), going 14-14 with a 4.54 ERA and 158/55 K/BB ratio in 204 innings, the tenth 200-plus inning season of his career.
Last word: Finally, we leave you tonight with the best report of all, courtesy of the Boston Globe: The Sox are not interested in Jay Payton or any Craig Landis client. They're also not in on So Taguchi.
There’s an “in” for Taguchi? Maybe they're confusing the "in" for the line waiting to see Donny & Marie.