I woke up this morning and opened my reader only to find this April Fool’s Post by The Yankee Analyst’s Larry Koestler discussing the possibility of Andy Pettitte nearing a one year, $16 million deal with Texas. A cruel blog to post, regardless of the day. Funny, yes. But cruel nonetheless. After the chuckle (tear shedding?), I moved on, opened my TweetDeck, and found an interesting tweet from fellow Yankee fan @MarkNYY. It was posted via Mike and Mike of ESPN Radio and reads as follows… “Jeter, Rivera & Posada are first 3 teammates in ANY major sport to play 17 seasons together.”.
In the age of Free Agency and salary caps (Well, not for baseball), this is an impressive statistic. Not only does it signal an impressive run by sports most successful franchise, it also denotes the longevity and health of each of these players. Of course, they used to have a fourth member. The aforementioned Andy Pettitte. Once known as the “Core Four”, these men valiantly led the Yankees to their 27th World Championship in 2009. It was also the fifth ring for each member of this sacred group. But earlier this season, Pettitte retired and left the remaining players to go forward without him. This isn’t uncharted territory for the trio that is a symbol of Yankee Pride. You’ll recall Pettitte’s brief hiatus from pinstripes when he left New York to play closer to home in 2oo4.
But now they are truly only three. And their time may be coming to an end soon. While Jeter and Rivera signed new contracts this past offseason, Posada is in the final year of his contract and has made the move from Catcher to DH for 2011. It is unsure if he will retire after this season. It also remains to be seen if the Yankees will offer him a contract.
So, if this does indeed mark the final time they play together, shouldn’t they get the respect of a proper moniker similar to the one they had as a foursome? And so, I came up with “The Key Three”. It may not have the same familiar ring yet. But you can certainly hear Michael, Kimberly, John, and Suzyn working it into broadcasts and turning it into household lingo.