New York Yankees News: Andy Pettitte Paying His Former Team A Visit
With the New York Yankees back in Houston to take on the Astros, former Yankees ace and fellow Core Four member Andy Pettitte decided to drop in and pay his old team a visit. He was in uniform tossing batting practice prior to game one of the three game set, but to be honest, seeing him hurl the ball over to home plate brought back some serious deja vu.
Who can forget that Mr. Andrew Eugene Pettitte made the final start of his professional career in that very same ball park, and off that very same mound on September 28th, 2o13. He literally left it all out on the field, tossing a complete game and earning a 2-1 victory after scattering five hits while striking out five and walking just two. It was vintage Andy Pettitte, and it was one heck of a way to leave the ballgame.
I remember it like it was yesterday. After the final out of the ballgame, Pettitte, who rarely showed emotion, had a big grin on his face as he received a long line of hugs from his teammates. Most of the crowd stayed and continued to chant for the Deer Park, Texas native and the legacy he was leaving behind.
“Andy, Andy, Andy.”
When he was interviewed by Meredith Marokovits after the game, I distinctly remember Pettitte saying “I love to play the game. I love to pitch. It’s a shame you get old.”
This quote is forever etched in my mind, but it’s particularly interesting because C.C Sabathia is trying fill in the same foot steps as Mr. Pettitte, however things aren’t looking so great for the 34-year old.
Stay tuned while fellow staff writer Jason Evans reveals why Andy Pettitte says there’s still hope for C.C. Sabathia in our next post!
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