"A New York Treasure" --Village Voice


Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada are two Yankees that I’ve had short fuses with over the years. I don’t mean to suggest I haven’t appreciated their contributions, or that I don’t like them, or think that they are losing players, but you know how it is: some guys burn you up faster than others. It’s as much about me as it is about them.

But both longtime Yanks have had terrific seasons. Pettitte won his 20th game of the year on Saturday, the second time he’s won 20 in his career. Whatever uncertainty existed about Pettitte’s health will most likely be overlooked now, and I would be surprised if he didn’t return to New York next year. (Of course as good as Pettitte’s been, Mike Mussina has been the best pitcher on the staff—just ask my man, Cliff.)

Posada is being considered as an MVP candidate. I heard Joe Morgan mention it on ESPN last night. Wow. He’s been great offensively, but I’m really impressed with his his poise behind the plate. There have been times in the past when Posada let his emotions get the better of him. This year, he has delivered a mature, all-star performance. I guess he can get away with calling his teammates out after losing in the first round last year, after all.

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