It was Jorge Posada who first mentioned Bernie Williams last night. Posada said he’d been talking to Williams a lot this offseason — in fact, the two had talked earlier that day — and Williams was advising patience. He didn’t want Posada rushing to a decision, one way or the other, about whether to play next season.
Five years ago, Posada saw the sudden end of Williams’ career. He saw a lifelong Yankee fade in his late 30s, and he saw the Yankees decide to move on. Did that prepare Posada for his current situation?
“If you asked me that question in February of this year, I would have said, no,” Posada said. “But now, I would say, yes. It went the same way, pretty much.”
Posada has options. He said other teams have called, but the Yankees are clearly the one team he truly wants to play for. Retire, or play elsewhere? For now, Posada can’t decide.
“What I saw with Bernie was tough,” he said. “It’s all over again… (Bernie) says, ‘Make sure you make that decision the right one, and don’t say something that later you want to regret or do something that you regret.’ I don’t want to tell you something because I don’t know. I really don’t know.”
That was the sense I got last night: That Posada really doesn’t know. His career is not going to end the way he hoped, and he’s not sure what to do about it.
“I think after he stays home a few more months and he realizes how hard it is to stay home with the kids, he’s going to pay a team to have him play,” Posada’s wife Laura said, getting a big laugh out of her husband.
“Honestly, what I said to him was, ‘You need to really be sure about your decision because you don’t want to have any regrets. You don’t want to feel in your mind that you didn’t accomplish something that you set out to accomplish when you started playing baseball. He has been playing baseball all his life, so it’s really hard to wake up and not have anything to do. For me, whatever his decision is, I support him. I just want him to be happy and have no regrets. That’s all I want.”
Associated Press photo of Posada’s final division series at-bat