Last week was not the week that Jorge Posada officially ended his career with the Yankees, but it was certainly the week that he admitted it’s over.
“I knew that was my last game after that playoff,” he said at Thursday’s night’s charity event for Joe Torre’s foundation. “That’s why I was so emotional. That’s why it was tough for me that day to really walk out of that clubhouse. I might never see it again… That was my last time being at home. It’s tough.”
Certainly Posada has built a legacy with the Yankees. How would he like to be remembered?
“I gave it all on the field,” he said. “Sometimes we’re not better than others, but to tell you the truth, I played to win. I wanted to win every game, and that’s the way I was taught.”
The rest of the week in review…
• The Yankees spring training schedule was announced. It finishes with a home-and-away series against the Mets.
• Cuban-born center fielder Yeonis Cespedes became an overnight internet sensation. “We’ve evaluated him in the workouts as well as any international tournaments he’s participated in that we could be in,” Brian Cashman said.
• Mariano Rivera, Dave Robertson and Gene Monahan were all given BBWAA New York chapter end-of-the-season awards.
• Cashman participated in a winter coat drive, Joe Girardi helped pack care packages for the military and Posada’s foundation celebrated its 10th year.
• The Yankees re-signed minor leaguers Ronny Marte and Reegie Corona.
• Former Yankees center fielder Melky Cabrera was traded to the Giants for Jonathan Sanchez. Cashman said he was never interested in a trade for Sanchez.
• The Orioles settled on Dan Duquette as their new general manager. Yankees amateur scouting director Damon Oppenheimer was considered a candidate.
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