Pettitte as dependable as they come

The Yankees' veteran left-hander took a tumble, but bounced back in a big way

Updated: April 8, 2010, 12:03 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

BOSTON -- Andy Pettitte was dressing in the grim bowels of Fenway Park, worried he was about to be fired. This was late on a July night in 1999, when George Steinbrenner was a more ominous hurdle than the great wall in left.

Pettitte was approached by a reporter and informed the verdict was in: Steinbrenner had decided against trading him to the Phillies, had decided to heed the pro-Pettitte pleas of Joe Torre and Brian Cashman.

The left-hander wouldn't be subjected to ...

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