WASHINGTON -- Today is Andy Pettitte's 40th birthday and he got the expected question -- "How does it feel?'' -- from a most-unexpected source: Teammate Raul Ibañez, who celebrated the big 4-0 on June 2.
"Raul told me he had a little anxiety about it for a couple of days," Pettitte said. "I really didn't. No different, you know? I feel like I did yesterday, so I guess that's a good thing."
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But his younger teammates have no anxiety about making Pettitte feel his age. "I definitely feel older around here, that's for sure," he said. "I know I'm the butt of a lot of their jokes. But it’s good, it's good, man, everything feels good."
Joe Girardi said the Yankees had cupcakes in the clubhouse for Pettitte's birthday, "with 40 candles on them." Pettitte gets the ball tomorrow afternoon against Jordan Zimmermann, the Nationals' 26-year-old righty, but he's most curious about facing the teenager in the Nationals lineup, 19-year-old Bryce Harper.
"It feels weird, especially when I got a kid who in three or four months is gonna be 18, so it's gonna be strange,'' Pettitte said. "But I still got to go over the scouting reports and try to figure out how to get the kid out."
Girardi, 47, agreed it was strange to see Pettitte as a 40 year old, especially since when he first caught him, Pettitte was 24.
"He was just a kid," Girardi said. "It's really pretty amazing how time goes so fast. But I don't think two or three days make a difference. He's just closer to a pension. And as long as he's around here, I feel young."