There will be many words spoken and written about Derek Jeter between now and the end of this season. I’m not sure anybody will say it any better than “Core Four” member Jorge Posada.
Yankees fans will have at least 80 more chances — hopefully — to say goodbye to Derek Jeter. But the first had a special feel to it, thanks to some old friends.
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.
Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera deserved a storybook ending Sunday, but things do happen in this game. Still, it was quite a day at the Stadium.
Sweeny Murti and I agree that Mo is the best Yankee since Babe Ruth. Even if we’re wrong, that’s the kind of stratospheric company he keeps when a man rises from mortal to mythology.
Matsui arrived just a little late to enjoy the spoils of the 1990s. But one could easily argue that that was the only time his timing was ever off.
We need Mariano Rivera once more — for a proper salute, for our sanity and for his sanctity. Please give us just a few more deeds under brown leaves, before He leaves.
“It’s been an honor,” said a teary-eyed Posada. “I could never wear another uniform. … I will forever be a Yankee.”
Bombers fans knew this day was coming. Yankees star Jorge Posada will announce his retirement at a press conference Tuesday morning, the team said Monday.
Jorge Posada turns 40 years old today. It’s not his best season — he’s had some highs and he’s had some lows. But it’s almost certainly his last season as a Yankee.
The Yankees were 14-4 while Derek Jeter was injured, and are 1-3 since he returned. Jeter, just two hits from 3,000, has gone 4-for-18 (.222) in those games. It brings to light the great debate: where does Jeter bat for the rest of his resplendent career?
Much is made (if not overplayed) about the Core Four. It’s a charming tale of friendship and good fortune. But the Yankees could easily have won their titles without any one member of the quartet. Except Mariano Rivera.
Now that the Jorge Posada saga is dead and dissected, attention turns to his BFF, Derek Jeter. Posada is a precursor, the lead man in a conga line of players Girardi must assuage as they age.
At this time last year, the Core Four were the toast of the sports world. Fast forward to the present day where for the past three weeks, they have been beaten daily by every media outlet with baseball coverage.
Could this be the last stand of the Core Four? 2009 was a renaissance for the old guard, but they are another year older now it’s been starting to show.