Pettitte’s Last Pitch

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Last Sunday, New York Yankees veteran Andy Pettitte pitched his last home game through eight innings.  As is normal, pitchers were switched out during the game, but, this time, the enormous Yankee family came to the realization that last weekend’s game would be Pettitte’s last at home.  The crowd gave him proper recognition and support with a standing ovation and deafening cheers filled with love.  Pettitte ran off the field tipping his hat to his fans and then embracing his teammates in the dugout one at a time.  For one last time, Pettitte stepped out of the dugout bidding his loyal, pinstripe loving fans farewell.  Personally, it was hard watching his goodbye and it was harder to realize that another of the Core Four is leaving the Yankees.  Although Pettitte had retired once already, it seems like this time he’s serious and has no intentions of coming back.  After the 2013 season, Derek Jeter will be the sole remaining Core Four member on the Yankees and there’s no guarantee that he’ll be a Bronx Bomber for much longer.  Seeing Pettitte go is just another reminder that it’s a new age in baseball and it brings me so much nostalgia.  I feel like a chapter of my childhood is closing and it’s hard to accept the new face of the team that I’ve loved for so long.  Pettitte will surely remain an iconic figure in the New York Yankees franchise and any pitcher following in his steps will have some very big shoes to fill.

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About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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