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Farewell, Andy Pettitte

New York Yankee starting pitcher Andy Pettitte will officially announce his retirement on Friday. Amanda Rykoff reflects on the news and mourns the end of an era in the Bronx.

Updated: February 4, 2011, 12:47 PM ET
By Amanda Rykoff

My cold, dark Yankee heart is broken. I will not see Andy Pettitte take the mound at Yankee Stadium again. Even just typing those words doesn't sound right. I know it sounds cliche, but it really is the end of an era. The first of the "Core Four" is retiring.

Since 1995, I have been fortunate to watch the Yankees win five World Series. The four constants of those five championships are Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera and Pettitte. Of course other great players have come ...

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