Friday, October 7, 2011

Jorge Posada


The Yankees season abruptly ended yesterday, and Jorge's last at bat of the game was a ground out. That may not seem interesting at all, but Jorge hustled down the line, and was thrown out. That was it. Nobody giving Jorge a curtain call, no one chanting "Hip Hip Jorge," and no fans honoring one of the greatest players in Yankees history.

Jorge Posada's ground out was likely his last at bat as a New York Yankee. A cruel twist of fate, if you ask me, as a player who was considered the greatest competitor lost out on a chance to give the Yankees a chance to win due to lack of speed, not lack of hustle.

There's a possibility the Yankees bring back Jorge to be a pinch-hitter vs. left handed pitchers, but it probably won't happen. Last night was almost certainly his last game with the New York Yankees. Assuming so, I'd like to thank Jorge Posada for his time with the Yankees, just like I thanked Andy Pettitte and thanked Gene Monahan, whose Yankees career is also over.

Posada's Yankees career started in 1995, but he only played in one game that season. In 1996, Posada pinch ran for the Yankees. No, that is not an error. Posada eventually took over the full time catching job from Joe Girardi in 1999, playing the position for the Yankees until 2011.

I can ramble on about how Posada is an amazing player, about how he won four World Series, made five All Star Games, won the Silver Slugger five times, and is the only Yankees catcher other than Yogi Berra to hit thirty home runs in a season, but that's not what Posada was all about.

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