Another day, another disgrace of a column from ESPNNY's comedy duo of Andrew Marchand and Wallace Matthews. This time, it's Matthews grabbing the spotlight as he tries to turn Andy Pettitte's retirement into the end of the world for the 2011 Yankee season, all the while ignoring facts and basic logic and making counterpoints against his own points that he thinks he's trying to make so that the rest of us in the Yankee blogosphere don't have to. But I will anyway. Let's FJM, shall we?
"Four months ago, Andy Pettitte walked out of the visitors clubhouse in Arlington, Texas, after letting everyone know he probably wouldn't be back.
Now, we are 10 days away from pitchers and catchers and he still hasn't been replaced.
That is the real story today, not that Pettitte will hold a news conference on Friday morning to make official what everyone around the Yankees should have accepted back on Oct. 22."
No, Wally. That story has been beaten into the ground for a few weeks now. You're just late to the party and have nothing to write about today. Today the story was Pettitte officially announcing his retirement and all of us getting a chance to reflect on his wonderful career.
"It may seem as if the winter got a little colder and the upcoming baseball season a little bleaker for Yankees fans with the confirmation that Pettitte will, indeed, announce his retirement... "
Did the children get a little older too, Stevie Nicks? Jesus Christ with the melodrama! Have you looked at the Yankee roster right now? It's still one of the best in baseball without Pettitte. Having him for 2011 would have been the difference between Top 5 and World Series front runner, not World Series winners and Double-A Trenton.
"... but really, nothing has changed."
And right here is where this article should have just stopped. Matthews suggests that doom and gloom has swept through Yankeeland because Andy is gone, but then states that nothing has changed. Good for you, Wally. It's good to know you aren't planning on jumping off a bridge with Bill Madden.
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