New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte earned his 250th career victory on Saturday, allowing one run on three hits in 7 1/3 innings against the Seattle Mariners. The accomplishment is an impressive one for the 40-year-old southpaw, but his proudest moment of the day came after the game ended.
The Yankees selected Josh Pettitte, the pitcher's eldest son, in the 37th round of the MLB Amateur Draft. The younger Pettitte received the call from Yankees director of amateur scouting Damon Opperheimer as the game ended, and the pair had the chance to share the moment together.
The starter talked to the media about his day following the game, via the Associated Press:
"I'll remember this one, that's for sure....It's all tied in together now for me. It's like I can't separate them because they're both together. It just all happened right here, and the game was ending, so it's just really cool."
The younger Pettitte is not expected to sign with the Yankees, as he is committed to pitch for the Baylor Bears next season. Still, the elder Pettitte felt "honored" that the Yankees would select his son in the draft, Scott Miller of CBS Sports noted.
Despite feeling proud for his son, the New York starter reached an impressive accomplishment himself. Pettitte became the 47th pitcher in major-league history to amass 250 wins. The lefty is also third on the Yankees all-time wins list with 213.
Rivera teased Pettitte after the game about sticking around with the Yankees long enough for the team to select Pettitte again so the son could watch his father earn his 300th career victory. Pettitte shot that notion down in the New York Times, replying:
"Oh, my goodness. That's not going to happen."
Still, 250 wins is an impressive accomplishment, especially for a pitcher drafted by New York in the 22nd round of the 1990 MLB Amateur Draft.