NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It doesn’t get much better than this.
Before the Yankees’ home opener on Monday against the Orioles at 1:05 p.m., the “Core Four” of Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada will be reunited on the field.
Jeter, the only remaining member of the “Core Four” still playing, will retire at the end of the season.
Prior to first pitch, Pettitte and Rivera will throw out the ceremonial first pitches to Jeter and Posada.
Pettitte and Rivera retired after last season, while Posada called it quits after the 2011 campaign. The quartet famously won five World Series titles together in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2009.
“It’s cool,” Jeter said, according to the New York Daily News . “Jorge threw out the first pitch after he retired, so now Mo and Andy get to do it. I think the fans will enjoy that.”
Pettitte and Rivera will become the 13th and 14th former Yankees in franchise history to throw out the first pitch on Opening Day. Posada received the honor when the Bombers kicked off their home schedule in 2012.
“I’ve seen them all separately, but I don’t think we’ve all been together for a while,” Jeter said, according to the newspaper. “It’s probably the first time the fans in a while will have a chance to see all of us together. It will be fun.”
The Yankees lost two of three to the Astros in their opening series and will begin a three-game set in Toronto on Friday night.
Through three games, Jeter is batting .222 (2-for-9) with an RBI, a run, two walks and three strikeouts.
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