Like Red, I am not ready for an off-season involving the number 27 and herds of bandwagon Yankee fans. So I cling to the faith that I generally save only for the Red Sox. And the blissful memories of the 2004 ALCS fuel that faith.

Some Pettitte stats that give us hope (from

Pettitte is 37 now, and he hasn’t pitched on short rest since 2006, when he was an Astro. His record on three days’ rest is an uninspiring 4-6 with a 4.15 ERA.

And for all the well-deserved respect Pettitte gets for his postseason track record, the World Series has never really been his thing. As a Yankee, his playoff record is 12-4 with a 3.73 ERA. In the World Series, he is a .500 pitcher, 4-4, with a 4.00 ERA.

By the way, Tim McCarver: Suck it.