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Posada Begs Off
May 15, 2011 - Al Stephenson
As I watch the Red Sox battle the Yankees on Sunday Night Baseball, I can't help but think about the Jorge Posada situation. The announcers won't let you forget about it, even if you wanted to, but as a former player and coach in this sport, it brings back memories of similar circumstances.
To set the stage, last night Posada asked out of the lineup. Though he told reporters after the game that his back was bothering him, he didn't relay that message to manager Joe Girardi when he went into his office an hour before the game. Though I certainly don't know what actually was said behind that close door, from what I've read the long time Yankee catcher felt disrespected by the Yankees. He has had his regular catching job taken away this season in favor of being the team's designated hitter. Last night he was dropped to ninth in the batting order presumably due to his .165 batting average.
This was difficult to accept for Posada and he let his emotions get the better of him. He obviously thought differently today and apologized to Girardi and his Yankee teammates.
I can understand his feelings, but he can't do what he did. His teammates have to expect that he will give 100% each and every time he takes the field. Sometimes this can be difficult when you are struggling, let alone when you feel slighted by your team, but it's what team players do.
The view from my seat suggests that this will all blow over and won't be a big story (even in the Big Apple) for long. His teammates have already forgiven him and the fans showed their loyalty by including him in their roll call before tonight's game even though he was not in the lineup.
The only way this becomes an issue that won't disappear is if the Yankees are serious about docking him one game's pay for refusing to play. That will stir things up and could lead to more problems.
FYI - for Posada - one game's pay is $71,978!
For that kind of money, I believe I could hit ninth without compaint.
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