With ice water in his veins in front of 8,072 fans, Pettitte stared down the New Hampshire Fisher Cats for 4 shutout innings in his rehab start.
Forget pitching in the Bronx against the Red Sox or Philadelphia. The kiln in which champions are finished is in Trenton... and no team is a bigger test for someone's resolve and place in history than the Fisher Cats.
Pettitte has answered his critics and shown that no, the Fisher Cats do NOT have his number.
After this, the Yankees know they finally have a champion who has earned his pinstripes.
Hats off to you Pettitte. Everything after this will be gravy.