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Asked for his greatest moment, Pettitte mentioned the first championship he won with the Yankees in 1996 _ which ended an 18-year drought for the franchise.

His final start is scheduled for next weekend against Houston, the only team for which he has played besides the Yankees. Pettitte spent 2004-06 with the Astros, teaming with Roger Clemens to help the club make its only World Series appearance in 2005.

In retirement, Pettitte said he will spend time with his wife and four children, travel and get very involved at church again.

“It’s been a long, hard year,” he said. “I’ve been retired and I know what it’s going to be like. It’s awesome.”