By Jason Klein
“Dewick Jeeta!” “Annie Peditte!” “Mo!”
That’s what my three year-old daughter calls them.
I’m just ecstatic she even knows who they are.
Like the iPhone, baseball rosters change every year. Players come and go, switch teams, retire, or fade into baseball ambiguity as their skills diminish.
Yet, incredibly, Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera have remained a constant within the Yankees Universe for 19 years.
Long enough for me to enjoy them with my daughter.
It’s every father’s dream to share their passion with their children. Jeter, Pettitte and Rivera were a major part of my childhood. Remarkably, they are now a part of my daughter’s too.
I’ve watched them compete since 1995, when I was a fifteen year-old sophomore in high school. I grew up celebrating their success. Some of my happiest memories were made watching the three of them play, and win, in the Bronx.
Now I’m 33 years-old, married, and have a child.
They’re still playing.
Think about that. They’re still playing! Not on a YES Network Yankees Classic from ten years ago. They’re still out there grinding today (Jeter’s injuries aside), at a high level for the Yankees, in 2013.
It’s a remarkable tribute to their consistency, longevity, and drive to succeed.
When the 2013 season ends, so will Pettitte & Rivera’s careers. Jeter isn’t far behind. Together, they’ve authored tons of memorable moments. Baseball fans of all ages are fortunate to have watched their extraordinary careers.
There may never be another trio quite like “Jeeta, Peditte & Mo.”
When they finally leave the game for good, they’ll take a piece of my childhood with them.
My daughter’s too.
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