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So Far, So Good
TOM VERDUCCI
May 03, 2010
They've won World Series, conquered New York and handled the Boss. But in 16 years the Yankees' Core Four had never sat down for lunch together—until an SI roundtable last week
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May 03, 2010

So Far, So Good

They've won World Series, conquered New York and handled the Boss. But in 16 years the Yankees' Core Four had never sat down for lunch together—until an SI roundtable last week

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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?

Jeter: Yeah.

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.

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