Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Jorge Posada: Forever A Yankee
For 17 years, Posada was a winner. A five-time champion, Posada embodied what it meant to be a Yankee. Hard work, dedication, and a refusal to settle for anything less than a championship drove Posada throughout his career to become a better player.
I remember joking around throughout his career about his particular proclivity for grounding into double plays, dubbing him "Secret Agent 6-4-3", but I always knew Posada could be relied on when a big hit was needed. Some of the best memories I have of Posada are his double off of Pedro Martinez in the eighth inning of game seven of the 2003 ALCS and his two-run single against the Rays in 2011 to help clinch the American League East.
Jorge, for 17 years, you have been a constant in the Yankee lineup. Although 2011 was a difficult year and you didn't play every day, having you on the roster still felt right. When the 2012 season begins and your name is not on the roster, the reality of your career as a catcher being over will set in. Although your career as a catcher has ended, your career as a Yankee has not. Jorge, you will be a Yankee forever.