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Pettitte goes out with a bang

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 28, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Andy Pettitte

Mariano Rivera’s last game was emotional. Andy Pettitte’s was simply dominant. Delivering his first complete game in seven years, Pettitte retired 12 of the last 13 batters he faced in a 2-1 win against the Astros. Pitching just miles from his home in Deer Park, he’d retired 11 in a row before a two-out single in the ninth. Joe Girardi went to the mound but left Pettitte in to finish the game with a ground ball to third. The start was vintage Pettitte. He allowed at least one base runner in each of his first six innings, but he also induced two double plays, got 12 groundball outs and limited the Astros to just one run. The Houston crowd was chanting his name in the ninth inning. When it was over, Pettitte slapped his glove and hugged catcher Chris Stewart. Trailing 1-0 in the sixth, the Yankees tied the game with three straight singles, the last of which was Robinson Cano’s 107th RBI of the year. Eduardo Nunez scored the go ahead run on a bizarre play when the ball slipped out of the catcher’s hand on a fake throw to second, letting Nunez dash home from third to score on a close play at the plate.

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64 Responses to “Pettitte goes out with a bang”

  1. YanksPats September 28th, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Why did he have to leave for Houston for those few years. Could’ve been another lifetime Yankee. Darn it.

    ANDY PETTITTE!!!

    Here’s to you AP!

  2. YanksPats September 28th, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    The Stros are giving him an ovation!!! This has been unbelievable!! Way to go AP!

  3. rl15 September 28th, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Proud to be a fan of Andy Pettitte

  4. blackaccord September 28th, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    True Yankee for life.. Andy!!! We missed you those 3 years but you came back to win a WS for us..

  5. 4 NYY September 28th, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    4 NYY September 28th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Andy was outstanding, don’t care who it was against !

    Just realized that I’ll never again be able to say again :

    “Another Mo down” !
    Too bad Mo couldn’t close tonight !

  6. 4 NYY September 28th, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    What an oldtimer’s game it will be when Andy, Mo, and Po come back !

  7. YanksPats September 28th, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Definitely the truest of Yankees, left it all out on the field every time out there, just wishing he’d never left for the Astros.

  8. Hankflorida September 28th, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    The way Andy pitches using both sides of the plate, the PED’s had nothing to do with his success, and he deserves the Hall of Fame just on his post season and his excelling within the pressure cooker of baseball.

  9. CountryClub September 28th, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Awesome way to go out.

    Thanks for the memories, Andy.

  10. BrianWilsonsBeard September 28th, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Mariano: 1st ballot Hall of Famer. Jeter: 1st ballot Hall of Famer. Andy: Hall of Famer. All 3 from the Yanks farm system, all 3 coming up at around the same time. We’ll never see something like this ever again.

  11. cofuzz September 28th, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    256-153.
    3.85 ERA
    117 ERA+
    5 times in top 5 Cy Young voting
    19 postseason wins, the most all-time by 4.
    Most innings pitched in postseason history.
    2nd most Ks in postseason history.

    I’m voting for him in the Hall of Fame if I get a vote.

  12. UnKnown September 28th, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    And echoing throughout YS and NYS… You Hear

    yankeefeminista September 28th, 2013 at 9:43 pm
    J. Alfred Prufrock September 28th, 2013 at 9:19 pm
    yankeefeminista September 28th, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    “Andy Pettitte, clap clap clap clap clap, Andy Pettitte”
    ___

    Andy Pettitte, clap clap clap clap clap, Andy Pettitte
    ///

    Andy Pettitte! clap clap clap clap clap, Andy Pettitte!
    _____

    “Andy Pettitte, clap clap clap clap clap, Andy Pettitte”
    ___

    Andy Pettitte, clap clap clap clap clap, Andy Pettitte

    SO PERFECT and yes more Tears. Proud of you Andy, very proud!

  13. tomingeorgia September 28th, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Im going to miss that stare over the glove. Well done, Andy, and here’s to you, along with the rest of lohud who are drinking to you. Godspeed!

  14. blake September 28th, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Now that’s how you end a career…. Wow…..will miss you Andy…..true pro….great pitcher….great Yankee

  15. YanksPats September 28th, 2013 at 10:19 pm

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  16. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Perfection.

    Night everyone.

    :)

  17. blake September 28th, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Andy had a 1.93 era in his final 9 starts…..unbelievable

  18. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    One last thing.

    AP stands alone as the only Pitcher in MLB History to have pitched at least 15 or more season and never had a losing season.

    Contemplate that one.

    I bid you adieu.

    :)

  19. GregD September 28th, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    GregD September 28th, 2013 at 10:25 pm
    JAP——I would like that……..I’m disappointed I didn’t get to Trenton this year……would love to go to SI too……..it would be nice to meet you and other fellow LoHudders

  20. blake September 28th, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Andy and Mo could both keep pitching but I’m glad they are going out on top and as good as ever

  21. Hankflorida September 28th, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Brian, what about Posada. Look at Johnny Bench who had a lifetime average of .267 while Posada had a .273 BA. Posada had .275 home runs and Bench had 389. Bench is considered by some the best catcher in baseball history Two WS for Johnny and five for Jorge should mean something for those who vote for the HOF.

  22. cofuzz September 28th, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Thanks for that MTU!

  23. jacksquat September 28th, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    A great ending.

  24. MTU September 28th, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Cofuzz-

    Don’t thank me.

    Thank Andy.

    He was a very late round draft pick.

    Can you imagine ?

    Drafting is certainly far from an exact science.

    :)

  25. blake September 28th, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Jorge is a HOFer….his numbers compare very favorable to catchers already in and he has 5 rings…..he better get in

  26. blake September 28th, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    I think Andy is right on the bubble for the HOF….the HGH thing may hurt him just enough that he doesn’t make it but I think he should just the the longevity of quality he’s provided and the postseason excellence…..

  27. tomingeorgia September 28th, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    What a crescendo of memories this end of the season has brought, with Andy and Mo departing on top of their game, and Phil and Joba at the bottom of theirs. Wonder what’s next.

  28. blake September 28th, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Gutsy decision by Joe to leave Andy in there at the end….because obviously You don’t want him to make a mistake and wind up losing the game on a walk off or anything but he trusted the old man and it worked out….,amazing

  29. Shame Spencer September 28th, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Glad to see Andy get a win in his final game. Still just really tough right now.. hard to believe we won’t be playing baseball after tomorrow.

    Just an FYI: on Yankees.com one of the lead stories is ‘Become a Yankee Season Ticket Licensee in 2014.’

  30. tomingeorgia September 28th, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    blake,
    Perfect ending. My youth was mostly spent before these young guys came up, but they certainly have cushioned my descent into dotage for all these years. What’s next, I wonder?

  31. chicken_stanley September 28th, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Thurman and Graig got me thru childhood. Donnie Baseball from my mid teens to mid 20′s. Mo Andy, Po, for the better part of 2 decades. I don’t know what the next generation of Yankeedom has in store but there wiill be bright spots and a star or two. After all, as someone posted earlier – we are the luckiest fans on earth.

  32. blake September 28th, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    blake,
    Perfect ending. My youth was mostly spent before these young guys came up, but they certainly have cushioned my descent into dotage for all these years. What’s next, I wonder?

    Tom we can only hope the next group just gives us half the memories that this one did…..sad to see them go but I’m glad they are leaving on top and still good

  33. backbench September 28th, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    BrianWilsonsBeard September 28th, 2013 at 10:13 pm
    Mariano: 1st ballot Hall of Famer

    Agree, and add….

    I believe he will be the first unanimous 1st ballot Hall of Famer

  34. J. Alfred Prufrock September 28th, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    chicken_stanley September 28th, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Thurman and Graig got me thru childhood. Donnie Baseball from my mid teens to mid 20?s. Mo Andy, Po, for the better part of 2 decades. I don’t know what the next generation of Yankeedom has in store but there wiill be bright spots and a star or two. After all, as someone posted earlier – we are the luckiest fans on earth.
    ///

    Nice, chicken.
    ///

    Po for the HOF!

  35. yankeefeminista September 28th, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    After all, as someone posted earlier – we are the luckiest fans on [the face of the] earth.
    ____
    Fixed. :)

  36. tucker September 28th, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    The thing about Andy is he was a winner. Never dominant, he pitched to make sure his team got the victory. His ability to concentrate is probably the best I’ve seen in my three decades of watching baseball. Those midges (that was Andy’s start, remember?) would’ve had no chance disrupting Pettitte’s stare had he remained in that game.

  37. J. Alfred Prufrock September 28th, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    Andy Pettitte, clap clap clap clap clap, Andy Pettitte

    SO PERFECT and yes more Tears. Proud of you Andy, very proud!
    ///

    :D :(

  38. yankeefeminista September 28th, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    https://twitter.com/PhilHughes65/status/384147301918580736/photo/1

  39. J. Alfred Prufrock September 28th, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    yankeefeminista September 28th, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    After all, as someone posted earlier – we are the luckiest fans on [the face of the] earth.
    ____
    Fixed. :)
    ///

    Ahh!

    Yes.

    Love when you walk into Gate 4, the Gehrig picture is the first thing you see.

  40. J. Alfred Prufrock September 28th, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Didn’t Melky throw Lofton out at the plate and homer in that game

  41. yankeefeminista September 28th, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Typical humble Andy:

    Bryan Hoch@BryanHoch 29m
    “I felt like it was a moment I didn’t even deserve. I appreciated it.” — Andy Pettitte pic.twitter.com/WFnxwY5xgO

  42. chicken_stanley September 28th, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    The funny thing about Andy’s career – he never seemed to get the respect he deserved from the FO until he left for Houston

  43. tucker September 28th, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    If Pettitte stayed with the Yanks, Boston would not
    have won in 2004.

  44. tucker September 28th, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    J.A.P, Melky indeed went deep that game.

  45. chicken_stanley September 28th, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    YF – nice tweet from Hughes. Seems like such a goodguy. SO wish things had worked out differently for him

  46. MG September 28th, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    I was out tonight so didn’t see the game (yet) but what a way for Andy to end his career, a complete game victory in his home town.

    I’ve been fortunate enough to see 3 of the greatest lefties in Yankees history pitch through the majority of their careers-Andy has been not only a great Yankee but has always been a true warrior on the mound.

    So here’s to you Andy, you now join Whitey and Gator in the pantheon of great Yankees lefties alongside Lefty Gomez…

  47. UnKnown September 28th, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Andy McCullough @McCulloughSL
    The last pitch of Andy Pettitte’s career was an 81-mph backdoor cutter, spotted on the outside corner. brooksbaseball.net/pfxVB/cache/nu…
    ———

    Legendary

  48. UnKnown September 28th, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    active link to the pitch

    http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....type=4.gif

  49. cofuzz September 28th, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    MTU,
    I was a newspaper reporter in Pasadena, TX, and part of our coverage area was the adjacent Deer Park, as well as San Jacinto College.
    We were well aware of Pettitte, even if the scouts weren’t.
    He actually was undrafted the year he signed.
    Yankees drafted him in 22nd round out of DPHS, but if I remember right, nobody drafted him after his freshman year at a JC (San Jacinto.)

  50. J. Alfred Prufrock September 28th, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    tucker September 28th, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    If Pettitte stayed with the Yanks, Boston would not
    have won in 2004.
    ///

    Yup

    We had no answer for their LHB
    Would have pitched Game 7

  51. J. Alfred Prufrock September 28th, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Although there probably would not have been a 7 had Andy been with us :D

  52. yankinvegas September 28th, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Pettitte is one of my all-time favorites, along with Murcer, O’Neill, Bernie, Goose and sorry to say, Alex.
    If those moron writers keep him out of the HOF because of HGH, which IS NOT a PED, they can all go hell.

  53. yankinvegas September 29th, 2013 at 12:03 am

    One more thing, when is Bill Madden going away? His column for Sunday is again riduling the Yankee system as compared to Boston. Bill Madden doesn’t anything about baseball talent. He obviously spoke to a “scout” who probably works for the Red Sox.
    He is, however, correct in regards to the Cano negotiation. My felling is 6 years @ 25 per. If that’s not acceptable, goodbye Robbie.

  54. yankinvegas September 29th, 2013 at 12:04 am

    I meant the writers could go TO hell.

  55. UnKnown September 29th, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Fun couple of threads to end the year. Just great company. I hope the Yanks can have some fun with tomorrow’s game.

    Been an emotionally draining week, but we have so many great memories to remember. Talk to you guys later, thanks for making the night so much better with great Yankee Baseball talk. It was extremely enjoyable.

    Next year will be upon us before you know it. :grin: Later gang. And GO YANKS!!!

  56. MTU September 29th, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Good morning.

    1 more left.

    Wish they would given that start to someone more interesting than Huff.

  57. joedep September 29th, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Nice game Andy, but it was by far the worse team in many a year you faced.

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