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Pettitte's departure major blow

The Yankees needlessly allowed Andy Pettitte to walk, and now they'll likely overreact to compensate.

Originally Published: December 11, 2003
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

The Yankees should have known better than anyone the earnestness of Andy Pettitte, who wants nothing more than the simplest of lives. When he pitches, Pettitte wants the catcher to do the heavy mental lifting for him: You put down the signs, I'll make the pitch.

He's happiest when he's around his wife and children, and when he travels away from them, he desperately misses them, sometimes to the point of distraction. Pettitte's next lie will probably be his first. He does not care ...

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