|Mariano's last game moments before retiring his last batter|
Rivera has said he is quitting in order to spend more time with his family and to work in Christian ministry. New York Magazine ran an extensive article on Rivera:
|Andy Pettitte's last game moments before retiring his last batter|
Pettitte holds the MLB postseason record for most starts (44), innings pitched (278), and wins (19). (stats for only World Series postseason games here)
In a beliefnet interview Pettitte said that his goal changed when he went to the Astros (2004-2006) from a focus only on his pitching to also being an encourager and helper to his teammates:
"With the Astros, that’s when it all changed for me. I went over there and I was one of the older guys on the team. I had a different role. It was almost like a player-coach role to a certain extent. That’s where my shift switched from being so consumed and so worried about myself and how I was performing and how I was doing to literally turning that all over to God and trying to be available to other people and trying to encourage other people and build those relationships. It’s amazing that when you get the focus off yourself how much things kind of fall into place."Though Pettitte said he used human growth hormones for treatment of an elbow injury in 2002, he used it to speed healing while it was legal three years before it was banned.
Both men have been a credit to professional baseball and to their Christian faith. Hats off to them for giving almost two decades of quality pitching and character at the highest level of baseball and sports.