After the eighth inning, Joe Girardi asked Jorge Posada how he was feeling. When Girardi heard the answer, he decided to send Francisco Cervelli to catch the ninth.
“He said, ‘I’m a little sore,'” Girardi said. “I said, ‘Well, that’s good then. You caught eight innings, that’s pretty good for your first rehab start behind the plate.’”
Posada said sore was the wrong word. His foot was simply fatigued, with no pain in the area that was broken last month. “It got tired,” he said. “It wasn’t about soreness.” Posada still hopes he can catch again on Tuesday, and Girardi shares that optimism.
“I’m a little concerned, but I wasn’t even sure ho many innings I was going to play him today going into the game,” Girardi said. “Usually when you come back from an injury you’ll catch five innings, then you might catch seven innings and you’ll get your rehab time. We didn’t do that with Jorge. I’m not really surprised that he’s sore. I think it’s more important how he feels on Tuesday and really tomorrow, even though we’re not playing, that he’s able to run around and do the things he has to do.”
It was Posada’s work at the plate — not behind it — that drew the most attention. He’s the first Yankee to hit a grand slam in back-to-back games since Bill Dickey in 1937. According to Elias, the only other Yankee to do it was Babe Ruth in 1927 and 1929. The grand slam also broke a tie with Graig Nettles for sole possession of seventh place on the Yankees career home runs list.
“To be in the situation to hit two grand slams is amazing,” Posada said. “It doesn’t happen often. You can tell that it’s been a while so I’m happy.”
Of course, Posada’s teammates gave him a hard time about returning to the position he’s played so often the past 13-plus years.
“A lot of the players were getting on me and telling me where to go, stuff like that,” Posada said. “It was fun to get back there.”
Associated Press photo of Posada after the grand slam.