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Lost in the frenzy of the final day of the career of Yankees great Mariano Rivera, which included an on-field ceremony Sunday at Minute Maid Park, was a quick hug that was exchanged between former teammates and friends Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens.
The two Houston-area pitchers had been close friends for years and followed each other from the Yankees to the Astros in 2004 and then back to the Bronx three years later, only to see their friendship sour when Pettitte testified in Clemens’ federal perjury trial that Clemens admitted using human growth hormone.
Clemens sought out Pettitte on Sunday and was asked Monday about the exchange.
“I just told him ‘Congratulations,’” Clemens said. “He proved it in his last start [Saturday] that he probably could continue on and pitch and help a lot of ballclubs if he wanted to continue to play. Andy is 41 and the big left-hander put himself, as far as I’m concerned, right there with Whitey Ford…with the Yankees.”
Pettitte had previously testified Clemens told him he had used HGH, but later said he may have been mistaken.
Pettitte threw a complete game on Saturday to beat the Astros in the final game of his 18-year career.
Members of the Astros front office met Friday in Houston to discuss the proper way to honor Andy Pettitte, the Yankees pitcher who announced his retirement. Pettitte, a Houston-area native, played for the Astros from 2004-06 and will finish his career at Minute Maid Park next weekend.
Astros president of business operations Reid Ryan said the club plans to honor Pettitte in some form and fashion and hopes to have a plan in place by early next week.
“We only have three [home] games left, but without a doubt we want to do something to honor Andy because he’s had a great career and he’s a former Houston Astro and a Deer Park kid,” Ryan said. “We just need to figure out what the right thing is to do that you can make meaningful in a short amount of time.”
The Astros are already planning to honor Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who announced earlier this year he was retiring, prior to the Sept. 29 season finale. The club plans to present Rivera with an original work of art by Texas sports artist Opie Otterstad.
Former Yankees manager Joe Torre and Roger Clemens, Rivera’s former teammate with the Yankees, will also be part of Sunday’s pregame celebration.
As far as honoring Pettitte, Ryan says stay tuned.
“We’re feverishly brainstorming,” he said. “There’s a lot of good ideas floating around out there.”