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A professional athlete to admire

September 15, 2010 - Neil Rudel

Interviews with professional athletes don't always go this smoothly.

Take a look at Cory Giger's video (in addition to his extra-mile work in the timely video of Chase d'Arnaud), and you see the class of Andy Pettitte, the Yankees pitcher who took a rehab start in Altoona last night.

Hang through it, and you'll see Pettitte answering a question from young Elliot Mast of Altoona, a correspondent for MLB's "Kid Pitch" program.

Pettitte also signed autographs for 15 minutes along the left-field line -- after he was done pitching and while the game was still going on. Clearly, he recognized the significance of his appearance, even in a visiting ballpark, and remembered his minor-league roots.

Many if not most MLB players in a similar situation would not have treated this assignment in the same manner.

I was glad to witness it and will root for Pettitte as he embarks on his road back to the Yankees.

And if you want to see more of Elliot, check out his blog.

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