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Today Andrew Eugene Pettitte announced that he will retire at the end of the season. At age 41, the veteran left-hander and MLB’s all-time leader in postseason victories is set to call it a career, and although it’s for a second time, he is walking into the sunset in a way that most players don’t get a chance to, on his terms. After being drafted in the 22nd round of the 1990 Major League Baseball Draft, and officially signing with the Yankees in May of 1991, Andy made his major league debut in 1995 out of the bullpen. He earned a spot in the rotation out of Spring Training in 1996 and never looked back, finishing 2nd in the AL Cy Young race that year. Pettitte, most notably known for his postseason performance was a gamer and a winner in every sense of the word. He never lead the league in strikeouts or over powered the opposition but he relished the spotlight and was able to raise his game when it counted the most. He leads the sport in big games pitched and has 5 World Series rings to show for it. Ask Yankees fans who they want in Game 7 of the World Series and Andy Pettitte is the response you’re getting. For a franchise that has the most illustrious history in professional sports, Andy Pettite will go down as one of the greatest Yankees pitchers ever. A homegrown talent who relished the spotlight, he became a fan favorite immediately. Amassing a career 255-152 record to go with 19 postseason wins will do that. Pettitte is set to make his last career Yankee Stadium start Sunday, and then will call it a career next week near his hometown in Houston.  Sunday is Mariano Rivera day at the stadium and when asked why Pettitte chose to make the announcement now he stated he wanted to pay tribute to the fans. “They have been absolutely great to me, and it’s been wonderful playing here for the years that I’ve played here,” Pettitte said. “I really wanted to have an opportunity to do that.” Pettitte defined the Yankee dynasty that started in the mid 90’s and lasted almost a decade. He, like the team was not a superstar, was not flashy, but knew how to get the job done. He was not affected by pressure, in fact he wanted it and although his career is not blemish free (we are all aware of the PED admission in 2007 for his 2002 elbow injury), he presented himself in a way that is going to put him in the Hall of Fame conversation. As a Yankees fan, it’s been a pleasure to watch this man pitch. Although it’s a sad reality that an era is officially coming to an end, Sunday is going to be a special day. Pay attention Yankees fans, you will be watching two of the franchise’s most prolific pitchers take the mound. Congratulations Andy on an incredible career!
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