Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Catching up with the Core-The Players' Tribune

"Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera Retired/New York Yankees"

8/23/16, "Catching Up With The Core," The Players' Tribune

Was it Applebee’s or TGI Fridays?

Mariano Rivera
No, it was Bennigan’s.

You’re right, it was Bennigan’s. Mo and I both got sent down to the minors on the same day in 1995. After it happened, we went across the street from our hotel to a Bennigan’s. We were both sitting in a booth just crying. I was 20 and Mo, I think you were… what, 33 or 34?

I was 25.
It was terrible, man. We were crushed. It hurt. It hurt so bad. Now I know how Jorge must have felt the entire year in ’96 because he got sent up and down like a yo-yo.
Up and down, up and down.

Jorge Posada

If anyone got injured, I was the first one they called up. Then when they got healthy, I would get sent back down. It was tough.

During spring training in ’96? Shoot, I was just trying to make the team. That was all I cared about. And I was really excited to get to Tampa to start camp because I thought we had hired a new manager with the last name Torres. So I’m thinking, This is great! This man speaks Spanish!

Hahaha, yeah, Joe Torres.

So I go up to Joe — first time we ever met — and I immediately start speaking Spanish. He just kind of looks at me all funny. He’s like, “No habla.”"...Image above from The Players' Tribune

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