Andy Pettitte said he’s known since spring training that this would be his last season, and he was planning to announced that decision at the end of the year. It was Mariano Rivera fully convinced him otherwise.
“Obviously Mo was one of the guys that has known for a while that I was done and I was retiring,” Pettitte said. “He all along has told me, ‘You’ve got to announce it. You need to say something.’ That’s just not how I wanted to do it. I had planned on just announcing it at the end of the season, the day the season was over. After me and (media relations director Jason Zillo) talked a little bit, me and Mo had lunch in Toronto and we talked about it. He was just so supportive of it and told me I had to announce it, and that I should. He thinks it’s going to make (Sunday) even better.
“To hear him say that, and to feel that way about it, I feel like we’re connected you know, in sense. I told him, man, I feel like you know what, now that I’ve announced it and I’ve said it I feel like God has kind of worked it out where it’s happened this way.”
The video above is Pettitte’s first response during today’s press conference, making it very clear that he’s fully exhausted himself this time. Hard to imagine a surprise comeback this time. Pettitte’s ready to go home.