Yesterday the Yankees sent an announcement about a player we haven’t heard from in a while.
Jorge Posada, and his wife Laura, will participate in this winter’s Women’s Mini-Fantasy Camp in Tampa. Posada threw out the first pitch for this season’s home opener, but for the most part, his first year of retirement was an out-of-sight, out-of-mind situation. Even during the postseason — the Yankees first in a long time without Posada in the lineup or in the clubhouse — there was very little mention of the long-time catcher. First his absence was overshadowed by Mariano Rivera’s, then it became hard to focus on anything other than the Yankees offensive struggles.
Was Posada forgotten? Hard to imagine that, but his role was marginalized last year, and maybe that led to a more gradual, easy transition for both Posada and the team. Even so, Posada was an iconic member of some teams, and the Yankees must be happy to keep involved in the organization one way or another.
Here’s the announcement about this year’s fantasy camp.
The New York Yankees today announced the participation of Laura and Jorge Posada at their third annual Women’s Mini-Fantasy Camp at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., from January 17-20, 2013.
Posada, a five-time All-Star and five-time World Champion, will participate as an instructor and coach alongside his wife Laura, who will take part as a camper. Other husband and wife participants will include David and Nina Wells and Homer and Monica Bush.
Introduced in 2011, the Women’s Mini-Fantasy Camp is held at George M. Steinbrenner Field each January and provides participants an opportunity to dress in pinstripes and live the life of a New York Yankees player. Participants receive an authentic experience which includes an individual clubhouse locker and nameplate, a full Yankees uniform, supervision from the athletic training staff, access to the big league fields and full clubhouse service.
In each of its first two years, the Women’s Camp experienced sellout numbers with the participation of former players like Tino Martinez, Bucky Dent, Mickey Rivers, Homer Bush, and David Wells. Other organizational participants have included Yankees General Partner and Vice Chairperson Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal, and Senior Vice President/Assistant General Manager Jean Afterman. Diana Munson and Helen Hunter, widows of former player Thurman Munson and Jim “Catfish” Hunter, respectively, have also contributed.
For information or to reserve your spot in the 2013 Women’s Mini- Fantasy Camp or for information on any of the New York Yankees Fantasy programs, please visit yankees.com/fantasycamp or call (800) 368-CAMP.
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