Andy Pettitte officially announced his retirement from baseball at a press conference Friday inside Yankee Stadium.
"This was not an easy decision for me," is how Pettitte began the well-attended presser. That was evidenced by the nearly four months it took him to ultimately make the decision. But, hey, you can't blame the guy for choosing family over one last major paycheck (the Yanks were reportedly offering $12 million). Pettitte, 38, will finish with a 240-138 career record and a 3.88 career ERA. He played 16 remarkable major league seasons and was one of this generation's most dominant playoff pitchers.