The Yankees are very kid-friendly. Joe Girardi has his kids around all the time, as does Andy Pettitte.
Luke Pettitte, who is 2, was in the clubhouse after the game dressed in his Yankees uniform (No. 46, of course) complete with spikes and a little glove. He is pretty much as cute as can be.
“Dad,” he said. “You’re happy today, right?”
“I am, buddy,” Andy said. “I really am.”
Pettitte’s 114 pitches were two off his season high. Pitching in what amounted to a blast furnace, he retired the last seven batters he faced. He needed every pitch to beat Justin Duchscherer.
The Big G, a man of immense wisdom, dropped this on the media masses:
â€œItâ€™s the 2-1 ballgames (and) itâ€™s the 3-2 ballgames that make up your season. Those are the games you have to win to get yourself in the playoffs. Some nights youâ€™re going to get beat by a ton and some nights youâ€™re going to beat other teams by a ton. Itâ€™s these games that get you that 95-win mark that get you into the playoffs.â€
The Yankees are 4.5 behind Tampa and 3.5 behind Boston for the wild card pending how the Sox do against the Angels. That game has just started.
Thanks for reading this weekend. Twins-Yanks tomorrow. Sir Sidney against Nick Blackburn.