Friday, September 20, 2013
Andy Pettitte Announces Retirement
Pettitte was very uncomfortable taking away from his longtime teammate but it couldn't have come at a different time as Pettitte was thinking about his fans who have supported him. He wanted to be able to tip his cap to them as he came off the mound one last time. On Sunday, Pettitte will start against the San Francisco Giants as the Yankees look to remain in contention by the time Pettitte starts the game. Pettitte issued a statement through the Yankees a few minutes ago:
"I'm announcing my retirement prior to the conclusion of our season because I want all of our fans to know now -- while I'm still wearing this uniform -- how grateful I am for their support throughout my career. I want to have the opportunity to tip my cap to them during these remaining days and thank them for making my time here with the Yankees so special."
"I've reached the point where I know that I've left everything I have out there on that field. The time is right. I've exhausted myself, mentally and physically, and that's exactly how I want to leave this game."
It is hard to find a player more candid than Andy Pettitte has been over the course of his career. He is a reporter's dream and that will be yet another one of the intangibles that will be leaving the Yankee clubhouse. The best way the Yankees could really honor Andy Pettitte would be to get him a win on Sunday, then again on Friday against the Houston Astros, where he will make his final regular season start.