Posted September 20, 2013 by DJ Enuff in Sports

Yankees’ Clutch Lefty Pettitte Announces Retirement!

Andy Pettitte retirement

Pettitte released a statement that read:

“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.

“One of the things I struggled with in making this announcement now was doing anything to take away from Mariano’s day on Sunday. It is his day. He means so much to me, and has meant so much to my career that I would just hate to somehow take the attention away from him.” – nypost

Yankees core Four SI magazine cover

The “Core Four” (from l to r): Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, and Andy Pettitte all came up through the Yankees minor league system in 1996 to create a dynasty and account for four Championships (1996, 1998, 2000, 2001) in five years.

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ankees “clutch” lefty pitcher and aged veteran (41 years old) Andy Pettitte officially announced his retirement (at the conclusion of this season) this morning! Pettitte has enuff rings to fill a hand, as part of the “Core Four” in the late 90’s, and became even more clutch in 2009 helping the Yankees clinch the pennant, ALDS, ALCS, and win the World Series! He became so clutch that he finished with a record career total six series-clinching wins after the 2009 Playoff masterpiece! Pettitte holds the MLB record for postseason wins with 19 and the franchise record for strikeouts passing legend Whitey Ford on July 1, 2013 with 1,958 strikeouts! He currently holds a 10-10 record with a 3.93 ERA this season! Pettitte had retired in 2011 only to return in 2012, but this time he is gonna throw it in the bag for real!