Happy Presidents' Day! In case you hadn't heard the news, Josh Pettitte, son of Andy, announced on Twitter that the Yankees will be honoring his dad on August 23rd. Pettitte's number will be retired and he will receive a plaque in Monument Park. We've heard rumblings that Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams will be next so pretty soon, the Yankees will only have players with numbers higher than 50. Maybe they'll start using fractions and/or decimals.
Not everyone had the same reaction to the Pettitte news. Ex-Yankee Chuck Knoblauch tweeted this gem after the news about Pettitte's number retirement began to spread:
Congrats to 46. Yankees retiring his number. Hopefully they don't retire it like his HGH testimony.
— Chuck Knoblauch (@chuckknoblauch) February 16, 2015
As you may recall, Knoblauch was named in the Mitchell Report and seems to be lashing out about how Pettitte's admission of HGH usage has been swept under the rug while Knoblauch, who also admitted to using, is viewed as a pariah. And while there are some similarities between the two players there are also some differences.
- They both helped the Yankees win an odd number of championships. Pettitte 5, Knoblauch 3
- They both admitted to using HGH.
- Knoblauch was involved in a domestic violence incident.
- Pettitte wasn't.
- Knoblauch left the Yankees on a down note.
- Pettitte didn't.
Anyway, it's a good thing that real baseball news is just around the corner. Feel free to discuss whatever you'd like to discuss as long as you keep it respectful and enjoy your afternoon!