Andy Pettitte to toss first pitch Sunday

Updated: October 2, 2011, 2:05 AM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Andy Pettitte will be on the Yankee Stadium mound for Game 2 on Sunday.

Instead of being in his customary role as the Yankees' postseason stopper, Pettitte will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

"It is exciting," Pettitte said.

Looking as if he could suit up for the Yankees now, the 39-year-old Pettitte reiterated he has no thoughts of returning to pitch in an actual game. He still wouldn't use the word "retirement," but sounded and looked very content with not playing again.

Pettitte was even hesitant to come back in a public fashion this season. He snuck into the Yankees' clubhouse twice during the regular season, but just for brief visits on his way to the airport. He said a couple of his former teammates sent goofy texts during the season, asking him to return and pitch, but Pettitte never really even felt the desire to come back in a celebratory fashion until now.

"I just felt I should stay away," Pettitte said.

The Yankees enticed Pettitte by offering to have his wife, Laura, sing the national anthem prior to Game 2.

While Pettitte seemed very pleased with his decision not to play anymore, the juices flowed a little when he got inside Yankee Stadium.

"There is no doubt, I'm standing right here, you miss it," said Pettitte, talking in the Yankees' dugout Saturday, four hours before Game 1 was scheduled to resume. "You would love to be out there, whenever you get here and get around the environment."

Pettitte finished his career 240-138 with a 3.88 ERA. In the postseason, he was 19-10 with a 3.83 ERA. He said he throws a football with his kids, but hasn't worked out that much.

"The desire is not there," Pettitte said. "The same desire that made me go home is the same desire to play. Again, like I've said, unless God works a miracle and gives me that desire to do that, I don't see any chance."

Pettitte declined to comment on the upcoming Roger Clemens trial in which he is expected to be a witness.

Overall, Pettitte said he did not miss playing that much. He stays busy by attending as many of his four children's events as possible.

"I feel like I made up a lifetime of everything," Pettitte said. "I got to see everything. I haven't missed nothing."

Pettitte spoke just after his wife practiced the anthem behind home plate.

"I was just messing with the guys over there," Pettitte said. "I was talking to the grounds crew, I'm like, 'What a difference a year makes. I'm here holding my wife's purse and her jacket and she is out there practicing the anthem.'"

Andrew Marchand covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com.

Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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