Wednesday February 9, 2010
New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte faced a decision he’s faced after every offseason for three years: Do I retire? Last week, Pettitte made that decision and will no longer be pitching for Major League Baseball. He leaves behind a decent legacy, having the third most wins for a pitcher in Yankees history and has the most postseason wins in history. Yet, his legacy is marred by a dark cloud.
Pettitte will testify in his old friend Roger Clemens’s trial later this year. Pettitte’s name was found on a list of players who have taken HGH. Pettitte came clean afterwards and apologized two years ago. He told reporters he didn’t do it for the accolades but to recover from arm injuries quicker. Now, Pettitte will face the music and his friend in court. Many fans are wondering if this is the reason why he retired. The answer is no.
As it’s been documented earlier, Pettitte faced this decision long before courts became an issue. He’s always fought within himself because of his family and his love for the game. This decision didn’t come easy, and it never was for any of the past five years. Why did he make the decision to retire this time? His heart wasn’t in it to return. His love for his family is stronger than for the love of the game.
Let this be a lesson to those who not just play sports but to everyone. If your heart’s not in it to do what you love, then it’s time to walk away. It could be for good, or it could be for a while. Andy Pettitte made his choice, and while the decision was difficult, he couldn’t be happier.
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