Baseball has changed dramatically since I began my tenure with the Yankees.
As a player, to me the Dodgers were the Yankees of the National League because... you either loved them or you hated them.
You're always in the storm's eye, so to speak, when you're with the Yankees.
Even though I was never a Yankee fan until I put on the uniform, when you think about the deep history of this organization, you always knew what the Yankees represented.
When I became the manager of the New York Yankees, it was an opportunity to realize my lifelong dream of winning the World Series. We were fortunate enough to succeed in our first season in 1996, and in the years that followed, we wrote some great new chapters in Yankee history.
I played for 18 years, but the only thing that meant anything to me was the World Series.