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Posada: “I know I can’t play the game now”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 22, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The comparison was inevitable. In fact, it was almost too easy. A year ago, Andy Pettitte showed up as a guest instructor, and within a month he was out of retirement. Today Jorge Posada showed up as an instructor, and the immediate thought was whether he would consider doing the same.

:I don’t think I could,” Posada said. “I don’t think I can. You get in there, you hit and whatever, it’s the everyday thing. It’s the grind of a long season, and I don’t think I could do that. … I’m happy where I’m at. I’m not second-guessing myself. I know I can’t play the game now. In my mind, I think I made the right decision.”

There was no real sadness in Posada’s voice, just a matter-of-fact analysis. His body took a beating for 21 professional seasons — most of them in the big leagues — and at 41 years old, he doesn’t want to do it again.

“I don’t want to be gone,” he said. “You retire to be home, and you don’t want to be gone for a month and a half.”

Posada said he’ll be in Yankees camp through Wednesday, then he’ll head home to Miami where his son is playing baseball, his daughter is playing tennis, and he’s serving as the taxi. He said he’ll come back later this spring, and he likes the idea of an occasional role as a catching mentor, but he doesn’t want to coach full-time, much less play.

“He’s in shape,” Derek Jeter said. “He looks alright. He looks like he could play. I think he’s comfortable in retirement.”

Joe Girardi said that, after Pettitte’s decision, people are going to wonder about any recently retired player who comes to Yankees camp as an instructor.

“Any time we have a guy that is doing what Jorge is doing, people are going to speculate,” Girardi said. “I think it’s fair to do. Jorge’s a guy that loved to play the game.”

This afternoon, Posada sounded more like a guy who still loves being around the game, but has found comfort in the separation. His most telling quote of all: “I want to be home,” he said.

Cell phone photo (unfortunately that’s the best I could do)





27 Responses to “Posada: “I know I can’t play the game now””

  1. Niblick February 22nd, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    I guarantee Jorge is better than anyone who will catch for the Yanks in ’13.

  2. tomingeorgia February 22nd, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    I have no idea what you are saying. Could you define “non-linear masculinity”, please?

  3. jmills February 22nd, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Hi, Tom, he’s still back there. :)

  4. jmills February 22nd, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Nice rain and sleet to speed through tonight.

  5. tomingeorgia February 22nd, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    We have temps in the 30′s and 40′s, about three inches of rain over 24 hours. Coming your way!

  6. Rich in NJ February 22nd, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    From the last thread to Radio Kev and yf.

    Yes, games would work. I was just musing, which is what I lamely try to indicate when I use …

  7. jmills February 22nd, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    You’re always so good for the weather, thanks Tom. Was thinking of you the other night while looking up Great Lake loses. Mariners relate the storm on these bodies of water can be so much more dangerous than open ocen due to the fact winds whip up fast and you can’t plan an escape route. People doing jobs lost in an instant.

  8. jmills February 22nd, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Sorry, ” ocean” and, ” storms.”

  9. tomingeorgia February 22nd, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Keep forgetting you’re over there in Hamilton. This one will turn northeast and go up the coast. You have continental weather problems, not coastal ones. Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

  10. J. Alfred Prufrock February 22nd, 2013 at 6:54 pm


    That’s so last thread ;)

  11. J. Alfred Prufrock February 22nd, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Hip Hip :D

  12. jmills February 22nd, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    One day, I’m going to get this precipitation thing straight.

  13. tomingeorgia February 22nd, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    That’s what I thought.

  14. jmills February 22nd, 2013 at 7:03 pm;rel=0

    For anyone who’s listing

  15. yankee21 February 22nd, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Glad to see Posada show up a bit during ST with the Yankees.

    It is good for the catchers to be around a pro and when they talk with him be reminded there once was a day not too long ago that the Yankees had a competitive advantage behind the plate. They could learn some things about attitude, playing while dinged up, preparation and also learn a thing or two about working a count and not getting cheated at the plate.

    I imagine it would rub off a little and balance out the non-stop BS defense first thought process that apparently the Cashman/Girardi tandem appear so dogmatic about with their catchers.

  16. kd February 22nd, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    posada didn’t seem to enjoy being a dh. that’s reasonable, catchers are really involved in the game.

    i think he could come back at hit 275 with 15 hrs, but i wish him well. it’s gotta be nice to be retired and comfortable

    let’s hope he a jeter buy the yankees one day and run the club with george’s love of winning

  17. Rich in NJ February 22nd, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    I agree. I think Posada could be a more consistent hitter than Ibanez, and certainly more than any catcher they have had since they took the catching position away from him.

    As I have said, I would like to see him manager the team.

  18. jmills February 22nd, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Hello, yankee21, hope the bones aren’t complaining, mine ” seam ” reasonable thus far; I sure am glad double A has brought in, albeit hitless, receivers up here with a hx of capturing the butterfly. Don’t want Dickey to get off to a tricky start.

  19. J. Alfred Prufrock February 22nd, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    let’s hope he a jeter buy the yankees one day and run the club with george’s love of winning


  20. jmills February 22nd, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Alfred, keep dreaming awake, eyes wide shut. :)

  21. jmills February 22nd, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    OMG, Billie on French radio CBC!

  22. jmills February 22nd, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    I think Koufax, Munson, and Bobby Orr played dinged up like nobody before orr again since.

  23. jmills February 22nd, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Anne Sexton wrote about the awful rowing. I don’t think she was thinking about Bobby Orr. ( But she should have :) )

  24. CompassRosy February 22nd, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    just for you, jmills….


  25. Chip February 22nd, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Given the situation with Nunez (the situation being that he’s a bad fielder), how about signing Ryan Theriot?

    Theriot can play all over the field and is a pretty strong hitter against LHP; so he could also serve as the 4th OF against LHP from time to time.

  26. jmills February 22nd, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Hi Compass, that’s hilarious! I wish you guys had won, one. Remember, ’77? Toronto avec Seattle , WTF.

  27. mjrdeegan February 23rd, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Hey guys lets not make the mistake of missing the need for the Posadas, El Duque’s, Williams and O’Neils of the world. If Cervelli wants to step up and be one of those guys, I say “Right on brother! Where’ve you been?”

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