After Jorge Posada was honored by the Yankees on Saturday, his former teammate Andy Pettitte had his No. 46 retired and a plaque unveiled in Monument Park before Sunday’s game against the Indians. He’s the 20th player to have his number retired by the Yankees.
Pettitte, who was named in the 2007 Mitchell Report for his use of HGH, is the first admitted PED user to have his number retired by an MLB team. Naturally, he was asked about it Sunday at Yankee Stadium. According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, below was his response:
“I’m thankful,” said Pettitte when he was asked what it means to him to be honored in such a matter despite being mentioned in the Mitchell Report. “I have always tried to be respectful. I had a man tell me a long time ago, ‘You take care of your character, and God will take care of your reputation.’ I have kind of carried that phrase with me for a long time.”
You can watch the highlights of Pettitte’s big day below, including his ceremonial first pitch to Posada:
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Pettitte, a three-time All-Star, won five World Series titles with the Yankees and holds several postseason pitching records. He won 219 games over 15 seasons with New York while posting a 3.94 ERA.