Pettitte prepared to talk to DOJ if called upon
I don't like any of this. I cannot stand it. I told you how I feel about him. I hate it. It's like a part of my family that's going to have to go through this. It's a bad deal.
Pettitte acknowledged Thursday the new investigation might mean he'll be interviewed again by federal officials.
"I'm just prepared that it might happen," Pettitte said before a workout at Legends Field. "There's nothing I can do. Until somebody tells me to go somewhere, I can't do anything."
Pettitte is in the middle of a dispute between ex-teammate Clemens and Brian McNamee, the former trainer of the two pitchers. Pettitte has told congressional lawyers that Clemens informed him nearly a decade ago that he used human growth hormone.
On Wednesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent a letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey asking the Justice Department to investigate whether Clemens committed perjury or made knowingly false statements to the committee during its investigation into performance-enhancing drugs.
Pettitte's testimony, among others, was cited in the letter to Mukasey. Pettitte said he is uncomfortable with the situation.
"It makes it extremely difficult," he said. "I don't like any of this. I cannot stand it. I told you how I feel about him. I hate it. It's like a part of my family that's going to have to go through this. It's a bad deal."
Clemens has denied using performance-enhancing drugs and said Pettitte "misremembers" the conversation.
Pettitte hasn't talked with his lawyers about the possibility of being interviewed again.
"It doesn't take a whole lot to figure out what's going on," Pettitte said. "I think that's a long process down the road if that's ever going to come up."
After throwing batting practice earlier this week, the left-hander received a loud ovation from fans.
"I've definitely noticed it, and obviously it makes you feel good," Pettitte said. "I appreciate the support. They've been great. Of course, it makes you feel good to hear people cheer for you.
"I don't feel like I'm some kind of hero in this thing at all. I've made some mistakes, and I've admitted to them. However people want to handle that, that's how they handle it. I can't change everybody's opinion or what they're going to think of me and how they're going feel about me."
Pettitte admitted using HGH in 2002 and 2004.
"I know what I have to do," Pettitte said. "The commitment I made to this organization. I know what I have to deal with. Anything that comes up in your life is a distraction. You go with it, and you go out there and do your job the best you can. That's what I've always done and that's what I'll continue to do."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said a wait-and-see approach is the best way to handle the situation.
"You take it as it comes," Girardi said. "To try and make a prediction of what's exactly going to happen, none of us knows. So you take it as it comes and deal with it."
Girardi doesn't plan on talking more often with Pettitte because of the investigation and its possible distraction.
"With Andy, you pretty much know how he's doing," Girardi said.
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press
CONGRESS CALLS FOR JUSTICE
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• Republican's report questions if Clemens lied
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• Congressman asks FBI to drop Clemens inquiry
• FBI opens probe of whether Clemens was truthful
• Congress asks Justice to examine Clemens
• Waxman: Seven contradictions (.pdf)
• Rocket mum on Congress' investigation request
• Text of committee's letter to Justice department
• Fainaru-Wada: Damning analysis on Clemens
• Wojciechowski: Clemens' inconsistent truth
• Poll: Clemens lied, but should be voted into Hall
• Astros owner might reconsider Clemens contract
After The Hearing• Radomski says new HGH receipt found under TV
• Report: Receipts show HGH shipments to Clemens
• U.S. GM: Clemens not welcome on Olympic team
• Judge allows Clemens to keep Hardin in lawsuit
• Lawyer talking with Clemens about dropping suit
• McNamee's attorneys ask judge to remove Hardin
• Investigator wants to talk to Canseco about Clemens
• Report: McNamee selling off signed Clemens items
• McNamee tells students to learn from his mistakes
• Hardin makes case to represent Clemens
• Reports: McNamee faints behind wheel, hits bus
• McNamee's lawyers want Clemens' suit tossed
• Report: McNamee nearly joined Mets as coach
• Report: Photo exists of Clemens at party
• Pettitte reports, apologizes
• Report: Pettitte's HGH provided by ex-classmate
• Posada: 'I believe Rocket' about steroid claims
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• Report: Waxman wishes hearings didn't happen
• Parties divide over Clemens' treatment at hearing
• Stark's running blog
• Clemens: Pettitte 'misremembered' him on HGH
• Fish: Clemens' support breaks along party lines
• Fish: Pettitte's role was clincher for Cummings
• Pettitte says he also used HGH in 2004
• Clemens statement: I never took steroids
• McNamee statement: I told truth about Clemens
• Statement on behalf of Andy Pettitte on affadavit
• Debbie Clemens admits HGH use
Analysis• Munson: The Rusty Hardin effect on Rocket's lawsuit
• Wojciechowski: Clemens feeds feds' case
• Fainaru-Wada: Damning analysis on Clemens
• Stark: Pettitte saga doesn't end here
• Wojciechowski: Pettitte deals with past
• Hill: Truth will set Andy free
• Bryant: Clemens blames all but himself
• Wojciechowski: Pettitte speaks loudest
• ESPN experts: Who was more credible?
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• Drehs: Body language breakdown
• Stark: Pettitte's shadow looms large
• Neyer: What matters to Roger is Roger
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