For many fans of a certain era, they grew up watching Jeter on television and wearing his jersey to every game they were lucky enough to attend. The Yankees they know and love are defined by players like the Core Four — Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada — who were all in attendance at Monday’s game. Back in September, Mo pitched in his last home game. For the first time in what seemed like ages, the now almost-too-expensive Yankee Stadium was filled with die-hard fans who have invested their time and their hearts in a team defined by the passion, work ethic and respect of players like Jeter and Mo. Jeter’s retirement has been a looming dread for all Yankees fans who still remember watching the Yankees-Red Sox game back in 2004 when Jeter dove into the stands to make that unbelievable catch, ending the 12th inning and setting the Yankees up to beat the Sox in the 13th.
You don’t get that kind of a player on the field every day, and you certainly don’t get that level of talent with Jeter’s composure and professionalism. With Jeter leaving, the team that awed so many fans who started rooting for the team in the 90s will be almost entirely gone. There is no way to know now how or if the legacy will continue, but one thing that's certain is every game this season, every “last time” that Jeter has, will be like Mo’s final home game last September. A bittersweet moment. A reminder of what it means to have been a Yankees fan in the 90s and 2000s. There will be nostalgia, sadness, great baseball and even greater memories, and the stadium will be filled with the true die-hard fans (in the cheap seats). See you there.