Just when you thought the Jorge Posada saga was over, it came back to life this afternoon with the Yankees front office conference call to discuss Derek Jeter’s comments. I got on the plane this morning fully expecting the Posada story to have drifted into the background, then I landed to discover it was back on the front burner.
Jeter spoke about the call, but didn’t say much, there wasn’t really anything left for Posada to say and a team spokesman passed along word from the front office that everyone is on “the same page,” a phrase also used repeatedly by Jeter and Joe Girardi.
“Sometimes things in New York go a little while, but this is done,” Girardi said. “Happy with the way that this got handled. We stuck together as an organization. We are here for each other. When you think about a baseball team, we’re together a long, long time during the course of a season. Everything isn’t always going to go smoothly. And it’s how you handle that. And I think our club handled it well. We’re all on the same page, and we’re moving forward, and we’ve got to focus out there.”
At this point, I have to think everyone has had their say. Posada started the mess, then said he was sorry. Jeter backed his teammates, then had to discuss it with the front office. The front office was obviously irritated, but they’ve decided not to punish Posada and they’ve had their say with Jeter. Girardi has managed to publicly support just about everyone.
It’s been a fiasco, but right now it’s finished. Whether it will still be finished when we wake up in the morning remains to be seen.
“It might be what pulls this club even closer,” Girardi said. “This is a close-knit group of guys, but it might be what pulls us even closer and maybe gets the focus off maybe one of the guy’s recent struggles and gets this club going. When you go through eight, eight and a half months together, there are things that are going to happen. Some of them become public. Some of them don’t. This is a great group of guys, and we’ll get this righted.”
• Posada is out of the lineup strictly because of the lefty. Will he play tomorrow? “We’ll worry about tomorrow, tomorrow,” Girardi said.
• Phil Hughes has today off in his throwing problem.
• Reliever Jess Todd — the guy claimed just a few days ago and almost immediately designated for assignment — was claimed off waivers by the Cardinals, his original team.
• Sounds like Mariano Rivera will be available tonight, but probably not Dave Robertson. “I’ll check with (Robertson),” Girardi said. “But he threw a lot of pitches yesterday.”
• Girardi gave a vague vote of confidence in Andruw Jones, saying his production has been limited because of inconsistent playing time. “Hopefully the more consistent at-bats and seeing some left-handers is going to help him,” Girardi said.
• It goes without saying, but the Yankees need a win tonight. “Obviously in our division it’s extremely important,” Girardi said. “It’s been a struggle, and there’s a lot of character in that room, and that character is going to pull us out of this and we’re going to start playing better.”
Sam Fuld LF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Johnny Damon DH
Evan Longoria 3B
Matt Joyce RF
B.J. Upton CF
Casey Kotchman 1B
Reid Brignac SS
John Jaso C
Associated Press photo