Jorge Posada was wearing a white t-shirt under his uniform for batting practice yesterday from Calhoun Community College in Decatur, Ala. It’s where he went to school, which is probably something not a lot of Yankees fan know.
Jorge is from Puerto Rico and comes from a baseball background. His uncle, Leo Posada, was an outfielder with the Kansas City A’s in the early 1960s. His father, Jorge, also is a baseball man.
When Posada was 17, they wanted him to go to the United States to play ball. A scholarship at a four-year school was in the works but Jorge did not get the SAT score he needed. Several junior colleges in Florida called, but Jorge Sr. did not want his son subjected to the south Florida nightlife.
“Then Calhoun called, it was perfect timing,” Posada said. “It was decided that is where I would go. I had no idea where Alabama was.”
Without having previously seen the campus or having met coach Fred Frickie, Posada showed up in Decatur in 1990, a shortstop and third baseman in complete culture shock. He quickly became the team’s best player and was the team captain in 1991. The Yankees selected him in the 24th round of the 1990 as a draft-and-follow guy and signed him after the 1991 juco season.
Had Posada not signed, he was going to attend the University of Alabama.
“The rest is history,” Posada said.
Posada is already in one Hall of Fame, by the way. He’s a member of the Alabama Community College Athletic Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 2006. Calhoun also retired his No. 6.