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So Far, So Good
TOM VERDUCCI
May 03, 2010
They've won World Series, conquered New York and handled the Boss. But in 16 years the Yankees' Core Four had never sat down for lunch together—until an SI roundtable last week
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May 03, 2010

So Far, So Good

They've won World Series, conquered New York and handled the Boss. But in 16 years the Yankees' Core Four had never sat down for lunch together—until an SI roundtable last week

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Posada: Go back to 1991. I was catching a bullpen from him [at short-season Class A] Oneonta, and he's throwing me knuckleballs. The ball hit me right in the knee. I said, "No more knuckleballs."

Pettitte: I had a knuckleball when I signed.

Jeter: Yeah, you're still throwing knuckleballs.

Pettitte: I'd get two strikes on somebody and throw it as hard as I could. Struck everybody out. And then they told me after the first year, "You've got to can it." They said, "After you've pitched for 10 years in the big leagues, if you want to break it back out, you can."

SI: So now you can throw it again.

Pettitte: It's no good now. I lost it.

SI: How about when Jeter showed up in Greensboro? He joined you guys on August 20, 1992.

Posada: [Laughs.] Good-looking fellow.

Rivera: Where was I?

SI: Fort Lauderdale, High A.

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