PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- New York Yankee pitcher Andy Pettitte was scheduled to take the mound at Hadlock Field on Monday, but his started was moved to Florida because of cold weather.
The 39-year-old lefty has been working his way back to the majors, and was announced as the Trenton Thunder's probable starter for Monday, but the team decided to have him pitch for the single-A squad in Tampa instead.
The scheduled appearance generated plenty of buzz in Maine's baseball community, with fans scooping up tickets in advance to get a chance to see the star in action.
The start came on the heels of another big league pitcher taking the mound in Maine, as Daisuke Maysuzaka made a rehab start for the Portland Sea Dogs on Saturday. A sellout crowd was on hand to watch the Japanese star pitch four and 2/3 strong innings.
Local reaction to the decision to move Pettitte's started ranged from disappointment to confusion as temperatures in Maine were approaching 60 with abundant sunshine, which was the forecast when the Yankees announced he'd be coming to Maine.
NEWS CENTER's Tim Goff took to the streets to see what locals had to say about the snub, something he readily admits he would not have done if the Red Sox made a similar decision.