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Inspiring Athletes

Inspiring Athletes

A conversation with former All-Star and World Series champion pitcher Andy Pettitte

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There’s something missing in New York–at least every five days or so. It’s the recognizable gait of retired Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte as he trots from the warmup bullpen to the mound for another start. These days, you’re much more likely to see Pettitte running around with his wife and four children as he enjoys retired life in his South Texas home.

But it’s hard to forget what Pettitte accomplished on the field. In 16 seasons, he won 240 games, was named to three All-Star teams, won five World Series titles and was named 2001 ALCS MVP. Pettitte also set a Major League record with 19 post-season victories. Here’s what he’s up to these days:

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Bonham: How have you been keeping busy since retiring from baseball?

Andy Pettitte (Photo courtesy of New York Yankees)

Pettitte: I have been pouring myself into my wife and kids. I spend a couple of days a week with my wife. I play some golf, spend time at my ranch, serve in our church, take care of our city league fields and piddle around the house. Then, when the kids get home from school it’s crazy with all they have going on.

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Bonham: How much do you keep up baseball, specifically the Yankees?

Pettitte: Zero. I don’t have time. I try to keep up with the Yankees but it’s very hard to. Now that summer is here I think I’ll be able to keep up with it more.

Bonham: Is there anything you miss about not playing?

Pettitte: Yes. I miss the guys. I miss working more than anything. I guess as a man it’s built in us to work. I miss jogging out to the mound at Yankee stadium.

Bonham: So what are you working on these days?

Pettitte: I’m trying to pour myself into my home church. This first year away from baseball I wanted to just pour myself into church family and my family. I’ll start praying soon for God’s direction. A lot of people are asking me to do a lot of different things.

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