Speaking on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's "The Michael Kay Show" after it was announced his No. 46 will be retired, Andy Pettitte reiterated he didn't believe he cheated during his career. Pettitte explained that in his mind, his use of HGH was to heal an injury, not to try to improve his performance.
"People are going to say what they want to, believe what they want to. When you say PEDs to me, man, I just can't even comprehend that with me just because I don't really believe I tried to enhance my performance on the field," Pettitte said. "If I would have, I would have told y'all that. Man, my story has been an open book. When it all came out [in the Mitchell report in 2007,] I sat in the press conferences there for hours, I believe.
"I was told that [HGH] might be able to help me heal from an injury, in a time when I was searching and desperate to get back on the field. When you say that -- and people are going to believe what they want to believe -- it makes me cringe.
"I've never tried to do anything to cheat to enhance my performance on the field."
Pettitte also addressed Chuck Knoblauch's Twitter slight directed at him after word leaked that Pettitte would be honored in Monument Park.
Congrats to 46. Yankees retiring his number. Hopefully they don't retire it like his HGH testimony.
Peittitte said his relationship with Knoblauch has been good. Either way, Pettitte said he only heard about the dis when his kids told him about it, and he forgives Knoblauch.