Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Andy Pettitte finds the fountain of youth


Andy Pettitte turns 38 today, but you would never know it from the way he's pitching for the New York Yankees.

Pettitte is having the season of a lifetime: 8-1 record, a mind-boggling 2.46 ERA in the American League with 55 strikeouts versus 22 walks and a 1.10 WHIP. He has become the godfather of the Yankees rotation, as CC Sabathia calls him, and the true ace this year, despite Sabathia's bigger paycheck. In a so far successful, but uneven season for the Yankees, he has been a steady, reliable hand when the team needs him the most.

Look at the career Pettitte has already had: two-time All-Star, 2001 American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player and 5-time World Series champion, with the most playoff victories in history (18) and a major rep as a big-game pitcher with 6 postseason-clinching victories. And Pettitte may be closing in on the most prestigious individual award a pitcher can win: a Cy Young. It would be the perfect way to close out a career, except Pettitte looks far from done after finding the fountain of youth.

Happy Birthday, Andy!

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