Pettite Is Back For Stretch Run

The New York Times, SPORTS, Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Pettite is Back For Stretch Run, by David Waldstein

Baseball:  The Yankees and the Orioles are in a race for a division title (the “stretch run”).  Andy Pettite, who is 40 and suffered a broken ankle is back pitching.  “F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote that there are no second acts in American lives, but Pettitte is about to prove that contention wrong, again .  His career has been presented in several acts, including his initial 1995-2003 tenure with the Yankees, his return in 2007 after three years with the Houston Astros, and his comeback last May from a one-year retirement.”

The metaphor here is stretch run which is related to the home stretch, the end of a long process whether for a horse, a baseball team or a business negotiation, project.

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