Yankees Honor Andy Pettitte By Retiring His No. 46
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- Andy Pettitte had his No. 46 retired by the Yankees on Sunday, one day after longtime teammate Jorge Posada was honored by New York.
Known for his intensity as a pitcher, Pettitte was visibly emotional as the team unveiled his plaque in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium during a pregame ceremony.
Pettitte made a nearly 12-minute speech and talked about his first experience sitting in the bullpen at old Yankee Stadium.
"I sat there and looked around and said, 'Wow, this is absolutely amazing.' Looking back on that day, I could never of imagined, 20 years later, the most storied franchise in sports history would be honoring me in such a way.''
Pettitte spent 15 seasons in New York, finishing his time in pinstripes with a record of 219-153 and a 3.85 ERA. Pettitte has the most wins of any left-hander in the franchise's illustrious history and his 2,020 strikeouts are the most for any Yankees pitcher.
On Saturday, the Yankees honored retired catcher Jorge Posada -- who along with Pettitte, Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera -- formed the franchise's famed "Core Four" that won five world titles.
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