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Pettitte Back to Scene of the Crime

Andy Pettitte came back to the scene of the crime and the night he would never forget.  It was 2001, Game 6 of the World Series with the Yankees leading the series 3-2 after three magical games at home.

Pettitte had the chance to end the World Series.  The Yankees would have a 4-peat, but instead he was hammered.  He later learned from then pitching coach, Mel Stollemeyer that he was tipping his pitches.

Nine years later Pettitte still takes the rubber like he did tonight back in Arizona, only the second time he’s done so since 2001.  This however, was the first time he was back with the Yankees and although the game doesn’t compare at all to a world series game, it does bring back memories to the beginning of the end of the Yankees dynasty.

Tuesday night, Pettitte had another strong outing.  He gave up two runs (on RBI-single from opposing pitcher Dan Haren)  and pitched through seven innings.

In a season full of great starting pitching Pettite is now 9-2 and is a definite All-Star.  Pettitte is the second best pitcher on the team behind C.C. Sabathia and after another great post-season last year, he still shows that he can get it done in the playoffs.

Since that game Pettitte has been one of the best pitchers in baseball during the post-season.  He’s the guy you want on the mound in meaningful games, and the guy you want on the mound when you need a big win.

Game 6 in 2001 is in the rear view mirror and it’s just a blip on a stellar career.

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