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Pettitte: Come clean, Alex

NEW YORK -- Seven years ago, Andy Pettitte was where Alex Rodriguez finds himself now, heading into a spring training after an offseason revelation of PED use.

Unlike Pettite, of course, this is not A-Rod's first Roid Rodeo, and he has never accumulated the kind of equity with Yankees fans that Pettitte did as a charter member of the Core Four dynasty that won four World Championships, even if he did take a brief detour to Houston.

Still, the situations are somewhat similar, which made Pettitte the perfect person to ask about how A-Rod could go about winning back Yankees fans as he attempts to come back after sitting out the entire 2014 season on a drug suspension.

"Just get everything out," Pettitte said Thursday night at Chelsea Piers, where he was to be a guest of honor at Joe Torre's annual Safe at Home charity dinner. "Everything has to be out, otherwise it seems like something's always chasing you around. That’s just the best way to do things, I think, the easiest way to do things."

A-Rod, of course, rarely takes the easiest way to do anything, but Pettitte's own PED scandal -- the revelation in the Mitchell report that he had used HGH while recovering from an elbow injury in 2004, a transgression he later admitted to in an affidavit to Congress, followed by a public mea culpa session in the Yankees spring training media tent -- pretty much blew over in the eyes of the public.

That is not likely for Rodriguez, who was never beloved by Yankees fans, but his admission to federal investigators that he had used PEDs in a deposition in the criminal case against his cousin Yuri Sucart could be a step in that direction -- provided, of course, there aren't any more bombshells to come.

"Whatever’s out, I hope it’s all out and he can move forward and be a productive player, because I care about him, I do," Pettitte said. "He's a friend of mine. Once you play with a guy and you get to know him, you spend time with him, you just love him and I do. I wish him nothing but the best. I understand the Yankees position in this. I know what they're thinking and what they're going through. But I hope there can be a resolution where it works out great for both parties."

And Pettitte -- who says he is happy in retirement and calls himself "a regular Mr. Mom," shuttling his kids to and from school and coaching their baseball and football teams -- said he believes such a resolution is possible.

"I’m hoping that somehow, some way, it’ll be a good ending to it all," he said. "I'd love to see the fans accept him back and he’s able to play, because I want him to be happy. That’s how I hope it plays out. And if he handles it the right way, you know, I think it can."