Derek Jeter was the Yankees Opening Day shortstop for the 15th time yesterday. That’s a franchise record by a lot. Phil Rizzuto had the previous record with 11.
It’s cliche to write about how remarkable it is when even a player like Jeter sticks with one franchise for more than a decade. It’s cliche, but it’s true. Jeter, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera won’t be together much longer. Posada’s in the last year of his contract and Rivera’s in his 40s. For now, though, three of the Core Four are together for another year.
“When we came up in this organization, the organization was known for getting rid of a lot of guys,” Jeter said. “Bernie (Williams) was pretty much the first one they gave an opportunity to. We definitely just wanted to make it and stay as long as we could. We were always afraid that if we didn’t do our job, they would get rid of us and get someone else. We had that fear coming up. That’s why we always worked so hard and that’s why we never took anything for granted.”
Here’s Jeter speaking before yesterday’s game.
Associated Press photo