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December 03, 2007

Did Project P46 Help?

From Tyler Kepner -

“Calls and requests for him to return from Brian Cashman, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Joe Girardi, among others, influenced [Andy Pettitte], as did an outpouring of requests from Yankees fans,” Hendricks said, after the news was first reported by the Houston Chronicle.

...as did an outpouring of requests from Yankees fans...

Are they talking about Project P46 here?

Well, if folks mailed their letters around 11/23, they probably got to Andy's agent around 11/26 - and then probably not forwarded to Andy until around 11/30. That was Friday of last week.

That seems like such a tight turn that it doesn't seem possible that Project P46 could be part of this "outpouring of requests from Yankees fans."

But, hey, you never know...right?

In any event, again, thanks to all my fellow bloggers who mentioned Project P46. (You are all awesome for passing the word.) And, of course, thanks to all of you who sent letters!

Like I said, you never know...maybe it did help? Wouldn't that be cool?

Update, 12/3/07, 10:56 pm EST: Maybe it did help, indeed. As Kat O'Brien wrote in Newsday today:

While Andy Pettitte weighed whether or not to return to pitch for the Yankees in 2008, he heard plenty of opinions from those around him.

Pettitte's agent, Randy Hendricks, wrote in e-mail messages Monday that he was swayed in part by family members of the Yankees organization and even fans.

Along with the teammates and Yankees officials, Hendricks said the barrage of fan pleas had an effect as well. One fan, Steve Lombardi, even came up with "P46" or "Project 46", representing Pettitte's number, and urged fans to write letters and e-mails to Pettitte.

"The fans helped," Hendricks wrote. "Some wrote very touching and eloquent letters."

Wow. Thanks to all again, for spreading the word and sending letters. I think this quote says it all: "The fans helped. Some wrote very touching and eloquent letters." Great job everyone! (And, thanks to Kat O'Brien for this report!)

Posted by Steve Lombardi at December 3, 2007 12:37 PM


You never know, Steve. I'm sure it didn't hurt.


Posted by: pokeefe [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 3, 2007 01:40 PM

You (and your project) get a shout-out in Kat O'Brien's story about Pettitte's return in "Newsday" today, Steve.

Posted by: baileywalk [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 3, 2007 05:14 PM

Cool - thanks for the heads-up!

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 3, 2007 10:38 PM

I didn't know about P46, because I've been ill recently, and out of the loop about most things.

It was a very good idea, especially considering the man in question was Andy Pettitte, who takes things like genuine fan reaction seriously.

Kudos to you, Steve, for starting the ball rolling.

Well done, indeed, and the reward is justified.

Posted by: Evan3457 [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 4, 2007 02:19 AM

Holy CRAP! That's awesome that someone mentioned P46 in the paper!

I wouldn't have spent the $0.41 stamp on just anyone. I'm glad I could write to Andy to let him know how much he means to the ballclub and its fans. This is a great story Steve. You should be proud.

Posted by: MJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 4, 2007 08:56 AM

Thanks all!

I just came up with the suggestion. Those who spread the word and wrote the letters/cards deserve all the credit. Again, great job all!

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 4, 2007 09:43 AM