It was a good day to be a member of the Pettitte family on Saturday, Andy won his 250th career game and his son Josh was drafted by the New York Yankees. The Yankees defeated the Seattle Mariners by a score of 3-1, giving the 40 year old Pettitte his fifth win of the season.
When Andy Pettitte won his first game in Major League Baseball on June 7, 1995. At the time of the victory Josh, the first of his four sons, was just seven months old. Such longevity in the world of sports is an unusual accomplishment, and a testament to the level of play Pettitte has been able to maintain throughout his career.
Asked after his milestone 250th victory at Safeco Field, he was asked about the emotions he felt as he learned his son had joined him as a member of the New York Yankees that very same day. He responded by saying “It’s special, I’ll remember this one, that’s for sure.”
Turning back the clock Saturday, the efficient outing saw the 40 year old left hander pitch into the eighth inning. He allowed just one earned run on three hits over seven and one third innings of work. He was efficient throughout, tallying just 85 pitches in his quality start. This marked the first time since early April that he allowed less than two runs in a start. He also reached the eighth inning for just the third time on the season.
Josh Pettitte has displayed similar talent to that which made his dad such a successful pitcher at the Major League level while playing this year. He was asked following being selected in the 37th round how he felt about being selected to play for his father’s team. “It’s a great honor and blessing getting the call from the team that you’ve grown up watching and all the big leaguers play for.”
If his talent is able to transfer over to the Major League level, the younger Pettitte, who through two no hitters during his season this year, should be able to sustain his own successful career.
Although Josh won’t be a Yankee for long, it was a heartfelt story that brought smiles to the entire locker room following the team’s victory over the hapless Seattle Mariners. Andy Pettitte and his son Josh have already agreed that he will attend Baylor University instead of joining the Yankees at the major league level immediately after graduating from Deer Park High School this year.
In three years Josh will be able to reenter the draft, perhaps able to once again join the Yankees. His father Andy would be 43 years old at that time, and would have far more than 250 wins should he keep pitching, but with how he was able to dominate today there is still a possibility that father and son could share a spot on the Yankees rotation down the road.
What a day to be a member of the Pettitte family, father Andy wins his 250th career start at 40 years old on the very same day his Yankees draft his son Josh in the 37th round of the draft. A story that just makes you want to smile, if only the world had more of these feel good moments.
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