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Andy Pennant: Another Remarkable Postseason Performance By Andy Pettitte

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 04:  Andy Pettitte #46 of the New York Yankees tips his hat to the crowd as he was taken out of the game in the top of the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Six of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium on November 4, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Lucas WeickCorrespondent INovember 6, 2009

 Yet another chapter can be added to the long and storied postseason career of the one and only, Andy Pettitte. Sitting on his couch last January, wondering if he should come back or not, I think he's quite happy with his decision right about now.

No matter the situation, down by three or four, he keeps the Yanks in the ball game and has always been able to perform under the bright lights of the postseason. This year was no different, he was down 3-0 after two innings to the Phillies in a pivotal game three, he ends up getting an RBI base hit and shuts down the Philly bats the rest of the way and the Yankees win. Then on three days rest, the 37 year old beat them in game six to get his fifth ring.

A lot of people questioned a three man pitching staff, because of Andy's age, and to be honest I wasn't sold on the idea myself. But Pettitte proved me and the rest of the doubters wrong, and give credit to Joe Girardi for resting these guys late in the year so that they could pitch on three days rest. Girardi was also not afraid to go to his bullpen either which also helped Andy, A.J., and C.C.

Now that the offseason has begun, Pettitte will be faced with the same question he faced last year, to play or not to play. I hope he does come back next year, but if Game Six was the end for Andy's career, it was only way to go for him, as a champion. Whether he returns or not he will always be remembered as a winner and a true competitor.

 

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