So is everything hunky-dory in the Bronx? Maybe not. According to the Daily News, the issues between Posada and manager Joe Girardi “go back much further than last Saturday.”
The paper reports repeated clashes between the two during the 2005 season, when Girardi served as bench coach for Joe Torre.
Girardi, who lost his job as the Yankees’ starting catcher to Posada in 1998, was in charge of scouting reports for opposing hitters. Problems arose when Posada allegedly “veered away from the reports, choosing to call pitches on the fly.”
“Jorge would deviate from those plans all the time during games, which drove Joe nuts,” said the paper’s source. “Joe would call him out on it all the time, which drove Jorge mental. … Jorge felt everything he did behind the plate was being second-guessed by Girardi on the bench.”
Posada’s free-wheeling style “stuck with the manager through the years,” according to the paper.
“Girardi couldn’t wait to get him out from behind the plate,” added the source. “He hated the way he called a game.”
Posada apologized to the Yankees on Sunday for taking himself out of the lineup the day before, blaming the messy public spat with the team on this: “I had a bad day.”
“All the frustration came out,” said the slumping star, who met with Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman and told them he was sorry. “It was just one of those days you wish you could take back.”
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