God made him do it, and that’s just fine with me. We’ve long known that Andy Pettitte is a man of faith (full disclosure: so am I), so when he cited the role scripture played in his decision to be forthcoming about his use of HGH and openly shared the importance of his church, family and spirituality in his life it was not an aberration. He wasn’t yet another chastened celebrity or athlete who only “found God” when he found himself alone at the bottom of a very dark and hopeless hole.
No, this was Andy being Andy, which is to say like the rest of us – an imperfect human being. He was open, contrite and forthcoming. Were there inconsistencies? Yes. Contradictions? Of course.
Perhaps the biggest was this: If Pettitte was so moved by his conscious to reveal the truth, why did he not do so until after he was outed in th Mitchell Report? He shared that he had misgivings immediately after the two shots he admits receiving in 2002, which is what caused him to stop the injections so quickly. But it wasn’t until now that those misgivings – and the associated guilt with having done something wrong – caused him to fess up.
This is where Pettitte took the most heat. The scripture he cited – Romans 13: 4-5 – states: “For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.”
Pettitte did what God asked him to do. Just not on our time.
He did it when it needed to be done – when it needed to be heard. His time.
He did it when the words would be an example to others in baseball who need to speak the truth rather than rail against the injustice of it all, or continue deny that which become less reftuable with each passing day.
Andy Pettitte did it when Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds needed to hear him.
Teammates Rivera, Posada and Jeter…