NEW YORK — Andy Pettitte would often glare down opposing hitters from the mound, his hat pulled tightly over his forehead and his glove shielding his face from the batter, so only his eyes were visible to those watching the tall lefty from Texas.
That intensity was gone Sunday.
Instead, Pettitte was visibly emotional as the Yankees retired his No. 46 one day after longtime teammate Jorge Posada was honored by New York.
Pettitte was surrounded by teammates, family, friends and cheering Yankees faithful as the organization unveiled his plaque in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium during a pregame ceremony.
He also made a nearly 12-minute speech.
“A little over 20 years ago, I sat in the old Yankee Stadium bullpen, we were playing the Texas Rangers,” Pettitte said. “I had made the team out of spring training as a left-handed reliever and I sat there and looked around and said ‘Wow, this is absolutely amazing.’ Looking back on that day, I could never of imagined, 20 years later, the most storied franchise in sports history would be honoring me in such a way.”
Pettitte was with the Yankees for 15 years, building 219-153 record with a 3.85 ERA. Pettitte has the most wins of any left-hander in the franchise’s illustrious history and his 2,020 strikeouts are the most for any pitcher.
Despite his outstanding regular season numbers, Pettitte was even better in the postseason, going 18-10 with New York during their brilliant stretch in the late 1990s and 2000s.
When combined with the one victory Pettitte had in Houston’s 2005 playoff run, his 19 postseason wins are a major league record.
New York was without a championship team since 1978 before winning one in 1996, Pettitte’s second season in the majors, and then won three in a row from 1998-2000. Pettitte won his fifth championship with the Yankees in 2009.
Browns’ Manziel cuts practice short due to sore right elbow
BEREA — Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel cut his practice short Sunday after experiencing soreness in his right elbow and could be sidelined for a few days.
Manziel has been bothered by a sore elbow for the past two weeks.
After completing a pass Sunday, Manziel pointed toward his elbow. Browns coach Mike Pettine said Manziel may not practice today. The team has a scheduled day off on Tuesday.
The second-year QB sat out practice on Aug. 11 with a sore elbow, but played two nights later in an exhibition.
Pettine doesn’t believe Manziel’s elbow issue will be “a long-term thing.” He will continue to get feedback from trainer Joe Sheehan.
Manziel threw a touchdown pass in Thursday’s loss to Buffalo and has had an impressive training camp. He’s listed as the No. 2 quarterback behind Josh McCown, who is expected to start the season opener.
Lima Senior/Middletown tickets on sale
LIMA — Pre-sale tickets for the Lima Senior at Middletown football game on Saturday will be on sale Thursday from 9 a.m. from 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.. Tickets will be on sale Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets will be sold at the Lima Senior athletic department, via the activities entrance. Pre-sale tickets are $4 for students and $7 for Adults. All tickets at the gate in Middletown are $7.
The game will be played at Barnitz Stadium in Middletown with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Reds promote P Balester from AAA; place Parra on DL
The Reds have selected from Louisville the contract of RHP Collin Balester and placed LHP Manny Parra (biceps tendinitis, left shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Wednesday.
The Reds designated for assignment RHP Donn Roach.
Usain Bolt beats Justin Gatlin for gold in 100 at worlds
BEIJING — A heart-stopper. A lean at the line. A next-to-nothing margin over a more-than-game challenger.
Sure, for Usain Bolt, the winning result, the bow-and-arrow victory celebration and even the setting may have been the same as 2008. But the show he put on Sunday in a .01-second victory over Justin Gatlin at the Bird’s Nest was something very different.
Bolt crossed the line in 9.79 seconds — pedestrian by his standards.