Pettitte is one of the hardest calls for me. I did not like him at the start, he just pissed me off again and again by being a nickel and dimer sort of pitcher. Sure he didn't give up homers too often; but, he would get the bases loaded and everybody had to bail him out. I despised him.
Then there was the day that a ball was hit and instead of catching the damned thing as it sailed towards him, he fell to his knees. As the ball zipped by a run was scored. I think the Yankees lost that day.
Over time he got better. He learned how to catch a ball as it got hit and came in his direction. He even learned to step off the mound a few feet to get the ball if it were a few feet to his left or right. Houston had done wonders for him.
So on to the big issue of his using. Well, unlike clowns like Clemens and Rodriguez (and others), he came clean about it fairly fast. So, while not thrilled by his having gone that way, I give him credit for his honesty; which, to me at least is part of what a Hall of Fame induction should include. A level of integrity. Even a minor level.
In the end, I don't really care whether he makes it in or not. He's not high on my list of Yankees I have particularly cared about. (although I have felt bad for each of his injuries). If I stop and think about him, I see pros and cons for his being brought in. Too hard a call for me.
More on Pettitte from the NYTimes:
Pettitte’s Uncertain Case for the Hall