Andy Pettitte: Transgressions of the Yankees Eagle Scout and Loyal Teammate

Andy Pettitte was known among his teammates as a strait-laced, religious individual. New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada considers Pettitte as someone who can be trusted. So do most of his former teammates.

A former Yankees catcher, John Flaherty, who was much less talented than Posada, told Juliet Macur of the New York Times a few days ago that no teammate had greater loyalty than Pettitte.

Famed attorney Alan M. Dershowitz, who helped the jury reach its verdict in the O.J. Simpson trial, said “Everybody knows that Andy’s a goody-two-shoes….”

Peter Keane, who is a professor at Golden Gate University School of Law, compared Pettitte to an Eagle Scout.

On Dec. 15, 2007, Kat O’Brien of Newsday reported Andy Pettitte admitted that the Mitchell Report was right. He used performance enhancing drugs. The former Yankees and Houston Astros left-hander admitted using human growth hormone (HGH) twice. He denied ever using steroids.

Pettitte was injected with human growth hormone at least twice while on the disabled list in 2002. He hoped that the protein-based peptide hormone that stimulates growth, cell reproduction and regeneration in humans would help his elbow heal more rapidly.

On Feb. 13, 2008 Pettitte admitted in an affidavit to the House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Governmental Reform that he had received two injections of human growth hormone twice in one day in 2004. The Eagle Scout used HGH prescribed for his father. How legal does that sound?

Pettitte told Peter Grier of The Christian Science Monitor that his accomplishments were not tainted by his use of human growth hormone. He used it only because of the pressure he felt to pitch while injured since he was making millions of dollars. Can anyone say “Alex Rodriguez?”

“I didn’t do it to try to get an edge on anyone. I didn’t do it to try to get stronger or faster or throw harder. I did it because I was that it might be able to help me,”

Andy Pettitte admitted using human growth hormone. It was not a banned substance when he used it, but the fact remains that he used a performance enhancing drug that he claims he regretted using.

Hey Andy, if it was not banned, why the remorse?

Could the reason be that you didn’t receive a prescription for the drug? Could it be that you illegally used human growth hormone prescribed for someone else?

Could an individual that Alan M. Dershowitz thinks is a “goody-two shoes” actually use a drug not prescribed for him? Would an Eagle Scout ask Brian McNamee and not a medical doctor for human growth hormone?

Andy, there is a preponderance of evidence that you knew what you were doing was wrong. You later admitted that fact, but it didn’t stop you because you were “desperate.”

John Flaherty said that no teammate was more loyal to his teammates than you. In a few days, you will probably have the chance to show how wrong your former teammate, John Flaherty, is.

In our society, it is necessary to show remorse for an action society frowns upon. Andy Pettitte has done that repeatedly. It changes nothing. He did what he did.

For years, Mark McGwire was excoriated for using androstenedione when it was legal McGwire was never viewed as an Eagle Scout or as the All-American boy. He broke one of baseball’s most sacred records which those in power cheered. but then his bottle of andro was discovered.

That was it for McGwire. He lied about steroid use. It wasn’t until McGwire admitted steroid use that he was able to become part of baseball again.

Barry Bonds, the official but often unrecognized career and single season home run champion, has never admitted knowingly using performance enhancing substances. That is why Barry is not loved much by fans, the media, or the government.

Andy Pettitte followed the prescribed steps, not in getting access to human growth hormone but rather in regaining his tarnished image. To most Americans, image trumps reality.


Macur. Juliet. “Best Friend and Ex-Teammate to Confront Clemens at Trial.” New York Times. 5 July 2011. p.A1.

O’Brien, Kat. “Pettitte Admits Using HGH, Not Steroids.” Newsday. 15 Dec. 2007.