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Pettitte: “I expected it to be like it was”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 16, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Andy Pettitte turned 40 years old yesterday, but that doesn’t make him feel old. What makes him feel old is looking at the Nationals lineup and seeing 19-year-old Bryce Harper.

“Especially when I got a kid who in three or four months is gonna be 18,” Pettitte said. “It’s gonna be strange, but you got to go over the scouting reports and try to figure out how to get the kid out.”

Pettitte said his left hand feels fine six days after he made that bare-handed play in his previous start. Pettitte is healthy, he’s been pitching well and if he could get it done at 39, why not at 40? Even with a teenager in the lineup.

“There’s satisfaction in just being successful and taking a lot of pride in what you do,” Pettitte said. “But I expected to be like I was in 2010. That’s all I can remember. I was just glad I was able to pick up where I felt off. But it is, obviously, it’s always gratifying to go out there and be successful, because this game is so hard. Especially playing in New York. We know our expectations here and stuff like that. It’s just a grind and a drive. You expect to be successful and if not it’s awfully tough because you want to help this team to do great things and to be great.”




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