Amidst all the joy in the Yankees clubhouse over the return of Andy Pettitte, there was one area that was decidedly chilly -- Freddy Garcia's locker, now known as The Icebox.
The normally-chatty Garcia was downright testy when asked his reaction to the news that Pettitte would emerge from his one-year retirement to rejoin the team on Tuesday, understandable when you take into account that Garcia is the one starting pitcher most likely to be affected by Pettitte's return. Throw in the fact that he is sidelined with a bruised right hand and it all adds up to some brusied feelings for the 35-year-old righty.
Asked if Pettitte's return would change his situation, Garcia said, "Not really. I'm still doing my stuff you know? I've got to pitch and that's all."''
Asked if he was surprised by Pettitte's decision to un-retire, Garcia said, ""You play with the Yankees, nothing surprises you."''
And asked his opinion of the unexpected turn of events, Garcia said, ""I don't really care. That's their decision. I'm here to pitch and that's what I want to do."''
And when he was asked if he thought Pettitte's return was good for the team, Garcia had had enough.
""I don't know man,'' he said. "Ask the people. I don't know. I guess."''
And he got up and walked out. Brrrr!