The Yankees have a reputation for being the best team money can buy.
But what happened yesterday is truly remarkable in a sports world dominated by free agency. When Mariano Rivera came in the pitch the ninth inning against the Red Sox, it marked the first time in the history of the four major American sports (NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB) that three players have been together on the same team for sixteen consecutive seasons.
Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada have been together on the Yankees a long time. They all came up together in the Yankees system, making the total number of years they have played together closer to twenty. Had Andy Pettitte not listened to Roger Clemens and stayed in New York instead of spending three years in Houston, there would be four players setting this record.
I'd say they've earned their gold watches. By the way, the Yankees have fifteen home grown players on their opening day roster. That too is pretty remarkable.