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Andy Pettitte turned his fire into ice

Lefty learned to control his temper, becoming one of the toughest Yankees ever

Updated: February 4, 2011, 12:16 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

The clock was ticking, the scout for the New York Yankees was throwing everything he had at a junior college kid named Andy Pettitte, and still the team and the prospect remained a lousy 20 grand apart.

Pettitte wanted $80,000 to sign in May 1991, and Joe Robison was told to go no higher than $60,000. They were meeting inside the Baton Rouge, La., home of Pettitte's grandmother, sitting on opposite sides of Grandma's kitchen table with the Yankees hours away from losing the rights to the ...

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