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Video: Jeter says Core Four won’t be duplicated

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It was about two hours after Andy Pettitte’s retirement press conference that Derek Jeter sat behind the microphone yesterday as the only Core Four player expected back with the Yankees next season. The video above is the beginning of that press conference, when Jeter talked about his old friends and what it means to see them walk away.

Eventually, Jeter was asked when he’d first realized that he, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada were part of a unique situation that we might never see again.

“Now,” Jeter said. “You have to remember, when we came up, we felt as though if we didn’t do our job, we were gone. We felt as though we had to prove ourselves each and every year. We never had an opportunity to get comfortable. We played for an owner that would get rid of you, and in my opinion, that was a good thing. We always felt as though we were competing for our jobs, and we had to prove ourselves each and every year, and that’s what we continued to do.”

As the Yankees move into a new era — with Jeter near the end of his career, and his long-time teammates having already decided to call it quits — the Core Four might be an unfair standard, an unreasonable expectation in an age when players rarely stay with one organization long enough to build a true dynasty.

“I don’t really think you can use us as examples,” Jeter said. “You’re talking about four guys that played together in one place for I don’t know how many years. Andy left for a couple of years, but you’re talking about parts of 17 years until Jorge left, 19 for us three that are left here now. You’re not going to see that again, I don’t think. I could be wrong, but it’s pretty difficult for one guy to stay with one team for that period of time, let alone four guys.

“What’s the future of the organization? You hope that we have a lot of young players who can come up and contribute. I don’t know if it will be to the extent that we have, and what I mean by that is the time frame. I don’t know if you’ll see that again.”





52 Responses to “Video: Jeter says Core Four won’t be duplicated”

  1. Shame Spencer September 21st, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Can’t disagree with Derek.

  2. Madrugador September 21st, 2013 at 8:43 am

    In Toronto the Yanks took advantage of Steve Delabar and last night a single,hbp and BB was followed by a GS off our former starting pitcher prospect who suffered an injury and ended up a reliever. Not exaclty what I would call hitting on all cylinders.
    Kind of sorry to see Arod pass Gehrig for the all time lead in GS.

  3. Yankee Trader September 21st, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Good morning-

    It’ll be sad to see the greatest Yankee and MLB closer of all time finish his YS career on Sunday, as well as one of the greatest lefty Yankee starters of all time.

    Guess who this lefty pitcher was who donned pinstripes.

    This might be a controversial pick, as he won just 94 games on the mound. But, like Koufax, no left-hander was better in a short period. He finished his pitching career with a 94-46 record and a 2.28 ERA. He even pitched a complete game win for the Yankees at age 38.

  4. tomingeorgia September 21st, 2013 at 9:16 am

    It was nice to awaken to last night’s score, but not so fun to learn today’s game is preempted by Duke football.

  5. MTU September 21st, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Good morning.

    Was nice to see an all around good game last night.

    Very enjoyable.


  6. Hassey September 21st, 2013 at 9:26 am

    If we could have found a way to get Texas out in ’10, this would have been a great WS matchup

  7. bardos September 21st, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Yankee trader…. it was the Babe

  8. 86w183 September 21st, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Good morning all !!!

    bardos is correct, I’ve known the Babe’s W/L record for most of my life. I’m always insterting it into the debate of greatest player of all time.

    Mike Lu-PrICK-a strikes again. It’s fine to have your pompous Napoleanic sanctimony Mikey, but did you have to spew it today? you have five years to make the case against Andy you turd.

    By the way Mikey, did you vote of Juan Marichal? Bet you did. Nice message — steroids bad, beating the hell out of a defenseless man, good.

  9. Yankee Trader September 21st, 2013 at 9:40 am


    Are these three Yankee OF’ers the greatest to don pinstripes?- Ruth, DiMaggio, and Mantle? Or does Jackson and/or Henderson make your list?


    Rounding out the best Yankee offensive players by position.
    1B- Gehrig
    2B- Cano
    SS- Jeter
    3B- Nettles or is it ARoid?
    C- Berra

  10. Doreen September 21st, 2013 at 9:44 am


    Well, at least Dave D’Alessandro of the Star Ledger balances it out. He’s not my favorite and is uSually ultra-critical, but he made a case for Andy for HOF consideration. Even allowing for the HGH.

    My question is why does anyone bother to read Loopey???!! ;)

  11. Yankee Trader September 21st, 2013 at 9:47 am


    Good morning.

    Greatest single season lefty starter pitchers that you saw play on TV or at the stadium?
    My list would be Koufax, Carlton, and Guidry, with Ford a tick behind.

  12. jmv September 21st, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Good Morning!

    Nice to catch you all

    86w183, whoever doubts The Babe was the greatest player ever, needs medication, LOL

    YT; I’d go with A-Rod at 3B. The better bat, and a plus glove, at least in his prime

  13. jmv September 21st, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Good Morning, Doreen!

    Nice to see you around. No Ben Affleck bashing today, I promise. LOL

  14. Shame Spencer September 21st, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Anyone else think Girardi should bring Mo in for at least one batter in every game during this final home stand..?

  15. Shame Spencer September 21st, 2013 at 9:56 am

    I can’t see how you can argue with Mantle, DiMaggio and Ruth. And I’m with jmv, Arod over Nettles and it’s really not even close. At all.

  16. MTU September 21st, 2013 at 9:56 am


    Good morning.

    you have mail.


  17. jmv September 21st, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Morning, MTU!

    And you have a response. With a nice surprise :)

  18. MTU September 21st, 2013 at 9:58 am


    Yes. I saw that.

    Mine is a reply to that.


  19. jmv September 21st, 2013 at 9:59 am

    “Shame Spencer September 21st, 2013 at 9:53 am
    Anyone else think Girardi should bring Mo in for at least one batter in every game during this final home stand..?”

    It’d be awesome, but I fear he won’t do that until mathematic elimination.

    He’ll be at CF if Yankees are out of the run, tough

  20. jmv September 21st, 2013 at 9:59 am

    WOW, You’re fast, MTU!

  21. MTU September 21st, 2013 at 10:00 am


    Quickest gun in the West.


  22. Yankee Trader September 21st, 2013 at 10:00 am


    That means we all have had the chance to witness Jeter, Cano, and ARod- the best Yankees, and arguably perhaps all of MLB, at their position, all time, the best MLB closer, and the Second best lefty starter, by Yankee wins, of all time.:)

  23. Doreen September 21st, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Good morning, jmv, and all. Forgive my bad manners. :)

  24. Shame Spencer September 21st, 2013 at 10:04 am

    jmv – I think you’re probably right but I think that Mo and the fans deserve it.

  25. Shame Spencer September 21st, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Did I miss a chance to pile on Ben Affleck…?? That’s a shame (pun!).

  26. 86w183 September 21st, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Well if you go by position you have to consider Rickey Henderson is LF, but his Yankees career was comparatively brief.

    Nettles is overlooked in my opinion and should share # 9 honors with roger Maris.

    I would un-retire all but the greatest numbers. Leave the honor and recognition and make wearing that number a special honor/privilege.

    Five years from now the only “retired” numbers should be 2,3,4,5,7,8,16,42

  27. jacksquat September 21st, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Sad that Bernie is left out of this “Core Four” stuff, he was as important to that 96-00 WS run as anyone.

  28. Bring in the Goose September 21st, 2013 at 10:07 am

    I don’t know about you all, but this post makes me feel lots of emotions: sadness, nostalgia, fortunate…

    I recall sitting in my NYC apartment in ’95 watching these young players for the first time like it was yesterday.

    I hope I can express to my kids what it was like to relish the great Yankee dynasty years, and being spoiled by the production and performance of Derek, Andy, Bernie, Jorge and Mo.

    Emotional weekend for me. How fortunate we’ve all been as NYY fans these past 15-20 years.

  29. MTU September 21st, 2013 at 10:07 am


    How is your wife doing ?

  30. 86w183 September 21st, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I agree the sentiment to get Mo into every game can’t get in the way of still trying to reach the post-season. they need at least four of five left on the home stand and probably all five to have a real shot entering the final weekend.

    If they aren’t going to make it then I’d prefer then lose the next three so Mo can play CF for an inning in one game and come out of the pen one last time on Sunday and NOT pitch in Houston.

    My worst fear on that topic is he blows a save in Houston that eliminates the Yanks from the playoffs. I do NOT want hm to go out like that.

  31. 86w183 September 21st, 2013 at 10:09 am

    MTU and others —

    She’s good. If all goes well it’ll all be behind us in ten days.

    Thanx for caring

  32. austinmac September 21st, 2013 at 10:09 am


    I don’t read Lupica. The articles are about him being controversial rather than real journalism.

    I am hopeful for CC next year. He was hitting 93 in the 7th. That is enough to win and another winter removed from surgery may help as well. He may not be a no. 1, but I believe he will pitch effectively.

  33. Yankee Trader September 21st, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Including a list of single season Best Yankee records and lineup, of all time:

  34. MTU September 21st, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Excellent 86.

    And there is no need to thank me.

    I’m sure you would feel the same way.

    It’s just basic compassion.


  35. austinmac September 21st, 2013 at 10:12 am


    The greatest pitcher I have seen is Koufax. He, like Mo, should have pitched in the league above MLB. Too good for mere mortals.

  36. Shame Spencer September 21st, 2013 at 10:16 am

    The only reason I think he should come in for every game on the home stand is because after almost 4 months of not being in a playoff spot I just don’t see this team making it.

    This team just isn’t built for it. The starting pitching has been hit or miss, the bullpen began to implode and the offense just isn’t good enough.

    Let us have Mo.

  37. Yankee Trader September 21st, 2013 at 10:17 am


    Didn’t know your wife was sick. I’m glad to hear she’s recovering.

    Koufax virtually unhittable in his prime.

  38. MTU September 21st, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Kershaw reminds me of Sandy.

  39. Yankee Trader September 21st, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Vogelsong vs. Nova

    Ryan Vogelsong, #32 RHP
    3-5, 5.73 ERA, 63 SO
    In 24 career Interleague appearances, including 13 starts, Vogelsong owns a 4-4 record with a 4.14 ERA. He has a 6.06 road ERA this season, compared with 5.53 at home.

    Nova hasn’t been the same since being named Pitcher of the Month.

  40. Shame Spencer September 21st, 2013 at 10:23 am

    From RAB:

    Via Andy McCullough: Austin Romine is still dealing with concussion symptoms and isn’t ready to return to the team. He has been given the okay for light workouts, but those aren’t going well. “I think (the ball is) going to be one place and it’s another place, or I’ll do something I’m always used to doing and I won’t catch it,” he said. “I know my body. I know what I can do. So when I do stuff I’m not used to doing, I’m like ‘What the heck?’ I don’t want that to happen in a game.”

    Scary stuff.

  41. RhapsodyInBlue September 21st, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Absolutely agree with the Koufax choice. The best lefty of my lifetime.

  42. RhapsodyInBlue September 21st, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Why would anyone want to read the diminutive Yankee hater Lupica?

  43. 86w183 September 21st, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Regarding Romine, I think there needs to be a rule in MLB where if you hit the catcher with your bat on the back swing you’re out. I’m not sure that’s the hit that concussed him, but it should still be in there to protect catchers.

    They are the least protect athletes in pro sports. Run ‘em over, whack ‘em with your bat with impunity. It needs to change.

    MTU — I never take basic compassion for granted

    Greatest season I ever followed a guy throughout was Guidry ’78. He was amazing and held the Yankees in range until the August surge. When he wasn’t MVP I decided no pitcher should ever be MVP.

    First truly great season I could appreciate was Gibson ’68. An ERA of 1.12 !!! Are you serious?? 13 shutouts! Phenomenal. His ERA + was 258

    By the way, Andy Pettitte has more wins and better W/L % than the Great Bob Gibson.

  44. 86w183 September 21st, 2013 at 10:38 am

    rhapsody — I didn’t “want” to, it was sent to me by a ticked off friend/Yankee fan and with good reason. The timing was typically classless.

  45. pat September 21st, 2013 at 10:40 am

    The murphydog rebuttals to Lupica used to make Sunday morning here a can’t miss.

  46. RhapsodyInBlue September 21st, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Koufax 3 Cy Youngs when there was only one for both leagues.

    All three seasons he led both leagues in ERA, wins and Ks.

    One big game one pitcher in his prime years Koufax would be my choice.

  47. RhapsodyInBlue September 21st, 2013 at 10:43 am


    Understood. No ofense intended, I just detest the man.

  48. RhapsodyInBlue September 21st, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Sorry meant to type “offense”.

  49. alvarofer September 21st, 2013 at 10:45 am

    The Core Five … Bernie Williams gets ignored because he didn’t made it in 2009 but Jorge Posada missed 1996 postseason and only two at bats in 1997 postseason?

  50. RhapsodyInBlue September 21st, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I remember seeing the core at Heritage Park on the way up. One game my friend pointing to a tall lanky kid with black horn rimmed glasses, telling me “this kid is going to be a good one”.

    He was, it was Bernie.

  51. 86w183 September 21st, 2013 at 11:14 am

    I think Bernie gets left out because he came up in 1991. the “Core Four” all made their MLB debut in the 1995 season.

    Rhapsody, no offense taken at all. Just wanted you to know I’m of a like mind with regards to Lu-PRICK-a. Haven’t clicked on to an article of his in a long time.

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