You could tell by the urgency in his voice and the way he shifted in his chair and leaned into the mic that at 38 Andy Pettitte is still anxious for tomorrow. It will be his fourth Opening Day start in the Bronx. The first came in 1996 at 24, when he battled snow and the Royals to earn the first of three Opening Day wins.
In fact, Pettitte has been terrific, going 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA in Opening Days at the Bronx. He’s allowed just 13 hits and five walks and struck out 14 over 18 innings. For what it’s worth, the best hitter has been his catcher. Jorge Posada has batted .406 with four homers, six RBI, four doubles and eight runs scored in 10 Opening Days here.
Anyway, below is some audio of Pettitte. He touches on the following topics (in order):
• Getting the World Series rings and where his other four are stored
• That home opener in the snow
• Seeing and pitching against Hideki Matsui
• The ruins next door
• Receiving rings from Whitey Ford and Yogi Berra
• Whether or not he’ll participate in the ceremony (answer: he’s not sure)
• How the experience of so many special days as a Yankee have prepared him for big moments here