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SI: You guys look like you still have fun after all these years, all these games, all these road trips. Am I right?
Jeter: You have to have fun. If I wasn't having fun, I couldn't play.
Pettitte: Especially after all the success we've had, right?
Rivera: I think it's easier for [Jeter] because he doesn't have a family. He can do this until ... he'll be 40 and have no kids still. But to me, and I can talk about Andy and also Sado, you miss your kids. You miss your family. This year it has hit me hard, especially in spring training. My kids were in New York. I was in Tampa. And I was missing them a lot. So that line, where's your family and where's your game ... how do you draw that line? How long are you going to do this? How long are they going to support you? And then flying, and those things that petrify you. I'm petrified by flights. I suffer on those flights.
SI: You guys must have fun with him about that.
Rivera: Are you kidding me? Everybody.
Posada: Every time the plane goes up and down we go, "Mo! Are you O.K.?"
Rivera: I loved it when we had [relief pitcher] Tom Gordon on the team. Because he would literally grab my hand. We'd be holding hands. He would say, "Mo, grab my hand!" He was maybe [more scared] than me.... You go through all those lines, but there is a line [where you can't play anymore]. And that's why I say [Jeter] is in a better position than us, to continue playing the game. I don't know how long I'm going to do this.
Pettitte: Because the older [your children] get, it gets harder. [Rivera's] oldest  is a year older than my oldest. More complications. It's pretty easy when they're small.
Posada: You've got kids who are driving now, right?