On Saturday against the Seattle Mariners, Andy Pettitte of the New York Yankees picked up his 250th career victory. 250 career wins is quite an accomplishment, but what makes it even better is that the pitcher is Andy Pettitte. Pettitte, who has played 18 seasons in the Majors, will always be a true New York Yankee. A lot of players have come and gone for the Yankees, but Pettitte is definitely one of those players who has a legacy with the Yankees.
When the 24-year-old Pettitte won 21 games for the 1996 Yankees, it was clear that he had a bright future ahead of him. Pettitte pitched brilliantly in Game 5 of the World Series that year. He pitched 8.1 innings of shutout baseball, picking up the victory and also giving the Yanks a 3-2 advantage in the series. This was the first of many postseason victories for Pettitte. The thing about Andy is that he has always been dominant in the playoffs. His 19 wins in the postseason is a MLB record.
It was disappointing when Pettitte left the Yankees via-free agency prior to the 2004 season, but it was great that he came back to the Yankees prior to the 2007 season. I was very surprised when Pettitte decided to come out of retirement prior to the 2012 season, because I thought he was done and that he wanted to spend more time with his family. Maybe he felt that he had enough gas left in the tank.
One of the things I love about Andy is his competitiveness. He is a gamer and refuses to lose. He will do whatever it takes to win, and I respect that. When Andy finally does decide to retire, I hope that the Yankees will one day retire his number 46.
By picking up his 250th career win on Saturday, Andy Pettitte further proved that he is and always will be a true New York Yankee.