Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Jorge, AJ bonding off to a good start

The lovefest between catcher Jorge Posada and wild righty AJ Burnett got off to a good start yesterday when Posada caught AJ's first bullpen session in spring training. Both men seem determined to put an end to the lingering controversy created by Burnett's apparent preference throwing to Jose Molina, a preference that forced Joe Girardi to bench Posada at the start of Burnett's playoff games.

Posada and Burnett both insisted that they were looking forward to working together. Burnett did admit there were communication problems during rough starts last year, but said he wants to throw the ball to Posada. Jorge said they have both moved on and that he loves catching AJ.

But it's easy to bond in spring training when the baseball games don't mean anything. The real test comes during a critical start against the Boston Red Sox. Will the two men figure out a way to work together to tame the Red Sox bats? Or will Burnett again show his frustration with Posada after that August meltdown in Fenway Park last year? We'll know soon.

Thanks to Keith Allison via Wikipedia for the photo.

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