NEW YORK (WFAN) – Jorge Posada knows Thursday night’s season-ending loss could have been his last game in pinstripes.
The fans knew it too. They gave Posada a loud ovation during every plate appearance in New York’s 3-2 loss to Detroit.
Afterward, in a somber locker room, the 40-year-old Yankees great got choked up when asked about his future.
“It’s tough,” he said. “I really have no words.”
“I’m sorry,” he added, unable to continue the session.
It was a tough year for Posada. He lost his job as the Yankees’ starting catcher to Russell Martin before the season began. Then there was the messy May incident after manager Joe Girardi dropped Posada, the full-time DH, to ninth in the batting order. He created a firestorm by asking out of the lineup and ended up apologizing the next day.
Girardi eventually took away Posada’s full-time DH job, using him mostly against right-handers.
“I definitely will miss him,” closer Mariano Rivera said. “And I feel for him, he went through tough times, this year. But he hung in there and in the end he shined like the star that he is.”
But Posada had a fitting resurgence. He was in the lineup for all five ALDS games, and provided the big hit in the team’s AL East clincher.
“I gave it all on the field,” the soon-to-be free agent said.
A-Rod agrees. Posada was 6 for 14 in the series, good for a Yankees-best .429 average.
“He played like he was 26 out there for five games.”
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