But with the Yankees and Astros out of playoff contention, the game was being played merely for pride and for the younger players on the Yankees looking to get potential roster looks for the 2014 season, such as Adam Warren, who got the pitching win, or David Adams, who has a two-run double for the Yankees.
But the biggest moment of the night was in the middle of the game; where in the middle of the fifth inning, Astros team president Reid Ryan came out to the field and presented New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte with a framed jersey with his old Houston Astros No. 21 jersey in it from his time with the team in 2004-2006. Both teams came out of the dugouts to great Pettitte with a standing ovation, which was also followed by the Houston faithful cheering Pettitte too.
Following the 2003 season and World Series, Pettitte was a free agent, but he chose to play closer to home since the Yankees really made no effort to keep him; which lead to him signing a three-year, $31.5 million deal with the Astros, which then lead to Roger Clemens opting out of retirement and followed Pettitte to Houston as well, making the Astros into World Series contenders in the National League.
During his three-year span with the Astros, he went 37-26 with a 3.38 ERA; his best season in Houston was 2005 when he went 17-9 with a 2.39 ERA and finished fifth in the N.L. Cy Young Voting and helped pitch the Astros to the 2005 World Series, where they were swept by the Chicago White Sox.
After the 2006 season, Pettitte then left the Astros who were looking to cut payroll and the veteran returned to the Yankees, where he would finish the final six years of his career in pinstripes.
On Saturday, the 41-year-old will make his final major league start in his career against the same Astros that he played for and pitch on the mound in a ballpark he called home for three seasons, opposing Paul Clemens of Houston. Pettitte, just like Mariano Rivera, is retiring after Sunday's regular season finale, which will make his last start a very emotional one for a lot of Yankee fans, as well as Astros fans who will be in attendance.
Pettitte is 10-11 with a 3.88 ERA and 123 strikeouts in 29 starts this season for the Yankees and is 255-153 with a 3.86 ERA in 520 starts and 19-11 with a 3.81 ERA in 44 career postseason starts; the 19 wins is the most all time amongst all-time pitchers to go along with winning five World Series championships, all with the Yankees (1996, 1998-2000, 2009.)
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