TAMPA - The New York Post's Kevin Kiernan just spoke to Andy Pettitte at a private airpport in Tampa and the lefty is on his way to Legends Field for a 3 p.m. press conference.
Yankee manager Joe Girardi spoke about Pettitte's arrival briefly a little while ago.
"I don't think it will be awkward for him," Girardi said. "He's going to do this press conference and I think it's important he do it. The fans and media are interested in what he has to say. Atter that it should be business as usual."
Girardi thinks Pettitte had endured tougher things in his playing career including pitching while his father was having heart surgery. While Girardi recognizes the dfficulty Pettitte must have had in admitting his own HGH use for the Mitchell Report and having to turn in best friend Roger Clemens while under oath to Congressional lawyers, he thinks Pettitte will move on and focus on pitching and being the Yankees' No. 2 starter.
"Most people on this club have a good idea of what Andy Pettitte is all about. The players know where Andy's heart is."
Girardi said he wasn't worried about the issue dragging on (with possible perjury charges against Roger Clemens a possibilty).