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Yankees fans reflect on Andy Pettitte's career

10/04/2013 10:11 AM ET
By Matthew Stucko

Andy Pettitte said goodbye with a complete game victory in Houston.(AP)
After 18 Major League seasons, Andy Pettitte has retired from baseball for the second time – and this one, he says, is for good.

In the final start of his career on Sept. 28, the southpaw became just the fifth pitcher in MLB history to throw a complete game in his swan song while allowing one run or less, according to the Elias Sports Bureau; also, by winning that start, Pettitte finished 2013 with an 11-11 record, remaining the only pitcher in baseball history to pitch at least 15 seasons and never finish with a losing record.

That should come as no surprise, for Pettitte has been a winner his whole career; he’s one of just 26 pitchers to finish their career with a record at least 100 games over .500, and the five-time World Series champion is MLB’s all-time leader with 19 postseason wins.

While the numbers speak for themselves, Pettitte also leaves the game as one of the most beloved Yankees by the fans who got the chance to see him pitch in pinstripes, and you can see just how some of those Bronx faithful feel about the career – and the retirement – of the successful southpaw in this video.

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