It’s hard to believe that Andy
Pettitte’s first Opening Day start — on a snowy day in 1996 — was 14 years
Maybe that time span seems
unrealistic because Pettitte’s still got it so many years later.
That may be an understatement.
Pettitte pitched six innings and did not allow a run, while only giving up five
hits in the Yanks’ home opener.
Pettitte left the game with his team
leading the Anaheim Angels, 3-0. And in the bottom of the sixth, the Yankees
tacked on two more runs to make it 5-0.
Pettitte is part of the Yankees “Core
4.” Along with Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera, Pettitte received
his fifth World Series ring today.
If Pettitte’s Opening Day performance
is an indication of things to come, 2010 will be another strong year for the
–Alfred Santasiere III