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Now, when Monahan looks around the clubhouse, he sees guys like Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera who formed the bedrock of the Yankees‘ 1990s renaissance _ and he realizes that they too are nearing the conclusion of their playing careers.

“One of my favorite people in the world,” Posada said. “Everything he’s done for me, for my family, for everyone else _ he always treats everyone the same.”

Rivera praised Monahan for the attention he gave every player, All-Star and rookie alike.

“I admire his discipline, determination, his love and his passion,” Rivera said. “He decided to retire and enjoy the rest of his life. There’s nothing wrong with that.”

Monahan said he plans to move to North Carolina _ right between where he grew up in South Florida and his adopted home of New York, and in the heart of his beloved NASCAR country.

He called himself “a dreamer,” and he’s thought plenty about the future.

“I need to have a dog, need to have a house, need to have a yard and a garden, maybe a pickup truck,” Monahan said. “So I’m moving down South, that’s where I’m going to live, but the Yankees will always be my family. They have been since I was 17 years old.”