VIDEO: Andy Pettitte completes career with complete game

  • David Whitlock

All the retiring New York Yankees heroes seem to be leaving the stage in the most dramatic fashion possible.  A short 48 hours after the emotional departure of Mariano Rivera from the mound at Yankee Stadium, Andy Pettitte finished his career with a complete game victory in Houston, the city he calls home and in which he grew up.  Watch, as Pettitte stays in the game to retire J. D. Martinez and gets a rousing ovation from both Yankees and Astros fans alike (via MLB.com):

Pettitte was the ace pitcher on the Houston Astros National League Championship team in 2005, completing that season with a 17-9 record with a 2.39 ERA, the lowest of his career.  He finished 5th in the Cy Young race that season.

Pettitte bows out of the game with flair (Credit: AP/David Phillip)

Pettitte bows out of the game in style with a complete game victory
(Credit: AP/David Phillip)

The win on Saturday night also gave him an 11-11 record, which meant he had no losing seasons in his 18-year career.  The victory capped his 256 win versus only 153 losses.  Pettitte won four World Series titles with the Yankees.

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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