Posada: I got sent down like 10 times. I was in the big leagues for 60-something days. [He actually made four round trips between the minors and majors.] Up and down. I was in that elevator the whole year.
SI: Did you guys all have that moment of, I belong here. I can do this.
Jeter: Probably Opening Day in '96.
Pettitte: Didn't you hit a home run on Opening Day?
Rivera: We were in Cleveland. We were snowed out, and then rescheduled.
Pettitte: For me that's when it all started. I mean, when Derek came along there was so much talk about him. I can't remember a whole lot of stuff. Like '95, I can't really remember ... I remember Mo coming up and making some starts and being in the rotation and stuff like that. But everything's kind of like a blank for me in '95. But then in '96 when Derek came up, there was so much anticipation about him being our shortstop and Opening Day and that home run. I can remember that like it was yesterday.
SI: So how does your friendship come about? Do you start hanging out together off the field?
Jeter: Just around each other [at the ballpark]. You see them more than you see your family.
Pettitte: These guys [Jeter and Posada] are together 24/7, it seems like. But the four of us ... I don't think we hang out.... I don't think we've ever been to lunch, us four, one time.