Ever since the news came down a few weeks ago that Jorge Posada was going to announce his retirement, I have been trying to figure out what to call Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, the two remaining members of the Core Four. Well, I think I have figured it out.
People have been coming up with names that just don't sit right with me. My cousin Eddie felt that the name was staring me right in the face: "The Remaining Two." To me that sounded like the other two had died. Someone else said to just call them "Jeter and Mo." That reminded me of Curly and Mo! Michael Kay asked for suggestions on his show yesterday and the winner appeared to be "The True Two." Are Posada and Pettitte false? Or, fake?
I decided this morning to try to nip this thing in the bud. I thought about what the criteria should be for choosing the name and came up with 1) It has to rhyme with "two" and 2) It has to define what Jeter and Mo (and Posada and Pettitte) were to the recent Yankee dynasty: cornerstones. Foundations. Beginnings. They were groundbreaking. What word should I choose?
Breakthrough! I believe that is the word. So, from now until one of the two retire, I will refer to Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera as the Breakthrough Two.
Sound good? Then, help me get the word out about it! Pass it on. I just hope the Breakthrough Two have good years and don't end up as the Terrible Two.