Vintage Pettitte… Again

October 13, 2012 — For the second time this postseason, Andy Pettitte has pitched as good as, well … Andy Pettitte.

The lefty was brilliant tonight, allowing two runs in 6 2/3 innings of work. He left the game with the Yankees losing 2-0, and despite two great performances, he will go home tonight without win on his 2012 postseason record.

If the Yankees come back to win ALCS Game 1 tonight, Pettitte will be the biggest reason for that triumph. While the Yankees hitters continue to grind through at-bats, Pettitte did what he always does — he kept his team in the game.

What is most impressive to me tonight is that Pettitte gave the Yankees the same type of October effort he has put out for more than 16 years.

For a generation of fans — like myself — Pettitte’s October magic has spanned huge portions of our lives. When Pettitte blanked the Atlanta Braves in the 1996 World Series, I was a senior in high school, and at 33 years old, it’s nice to look back on how great Pettitte was as a young athlete, when he was in his mid-30s and now.

Pettitte turned 40 years old earlier this summer, and other than the three seasons he spent with the Houston Astros, I can’t remember a postseason in which he wasn’t keeping the Yankees in a huge game or propelling them to a win in October.

–Alfred Santasiere III

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