First Mariano Rivera, now Andy Pettitte, these Yankees sure know how to go out in style. A few nights after Rivera made a spectacular exit from the game that he has played for so long, Pettitte hurled his first complete game in more than seven years en route to his 11th win of the season. In a seemingly secondary matter, New York defeated the Houston Astros 2-1.
This night was all about Andy. As Jon Heyman from CBS Sports pointed out on twitter, Pettitte ensured that he would not have a losing season with this win.
18 years with no losing years for andy pettitte. remarkable. also, not surprisingly, 1st pitcher ever to do that.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) September 29, 2013
Here is a video of the final strikeout of Andy Pettitte’s career.
Andy Pettitte has been the model of consistency over his career. He has always been a top-notch pitcher, and other than a steroid admission, largely one of the good guys of baseball. Even his PED revelation seemed to not tarnish him and basically slid off his back. This is certainly a changing of the guard here for the Yankees and it will be interesting to see where they go from here.