Former Yankees star Andy Pettitte was conspicuously absent from Jeter Day due to a prior engagement.
Former New York Yankees and Houston Astros pitcher Andy Pettitte was right along-side Yankees shortstop legend Derek Jeter off and on over a 15 year stretch, punctuated by some short absences. With the Jeter Retirement Tour in full swing, teams across Major League Baseball have given their respective hat-tips as the Yankees have toured the country in The Captain’s final season in pinstripes.
The biggest day of them all, however, was yesterday’s Derek Jeter Day at Yankee Stadium. The Yanks took the time to honor Jeter in the same way they have in years past with other former legends like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio. While the former Yankees came out in droves for Jeter Day, Pettitte did not.
Why you ask? He had an elk hunt planned with his son in Colorado.
Had a blast elk hunting with this one in Colorado! Coolest experience ever! pic.twitter.com/GU7LvfOoEU
— Josh Pettitte (@JPettitte21) September 7, 2014
Pettitte and his son, Josh, had the hunt planned for over a year, but as you can imagine, caught heat for not being in New York from Yankees fans nonetheless. Still, it looks like Josh and Andy had an awesome experience that they’ll always remember. An elk hunt shared between father and son is one of those moments that’s hard to put a timeline or a price tag on.
And, yes, Yankeees fans, I’m sure Andy Pettitte will be at Yankee Stadium sometime this fall to pay his respects to a long-time former teammate.
He’s a class act.
You can count on it.
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