There is now a trend, amongst some of the national (as opposed to the biased local) media, to say that the Yankees loss of Pettitte isn’t a big deal, that if you stare at his numbers long enough you realize that had he accepted the 39M the Yankees finally offered the team would have been stuck with a greatly overpaid pitcher, one who isn’t a whole lot better in the postseason than he is during the regular. This, to me, is sabermetric/statistical folly. Pettitte was valuable, from an emotional, psychological, and talent standpoint. That can’t be priced in a conventional way. Wasn’t Albert Belle a sabermetric tour de force? Wasn’t Albert Belle a punk? I think losing Pettitte hurts, beyond his statistical value.