After Tuesday’s game, A.J. Burnett made a point of pulling Jorge Posada aside and thanking him for blocking some early curveballs that were thrown in the dirt.
“When he’s blocking 57 footers early, you keep throwing them, absolutely,” Burnett said.
The two worked well together on Tuesday, and Burnett’s curveball became a better pitch later in the game.
“Really going out of his way to make me feel good, I appreciate that,” Posada said.
Clearly the Yankees felt there was some sort of disconnect last season. At the very least, they preferred Burnett’s connection to Jose Molina. It never seemed to be a personal issue, but Burnett and Posada have worked to get past whatever on-field communication issues might have existed a year ago.
“I was so at ease out there, just working with him,” Burnett said
Here’s Burnett’s postgame audio.
Here’s the Posada audio. He started talking about Burnett but went into Joba Chamberlain’s outing and the Boston pitching staff.