Monday, August 15, 2011

Another team? No way, Jorge!

Can you even imagine Jorge Posada in another uniform? I can't. But that doesn't mean it won't happen.

Posada knows the writing is on the wall when it comes to his future with the New York Yankees. Despite showing that his bat still has some life in it this past Saturday, Posada knows his days in a Yankee uniform are numbered. Barring some unfortunate incident, I don't think the Yankees are going to release him. But they will make no attempt to re-sign him when his contract expires this offseason. Posada knows this, but also seems to feel like he isn’t done as a player so he may be mentally preparing himself to move on from the Yankees by leaving open the possibility of signing with another baseball team next year.

The New York baseball writers were predicting it would eventually come to this, not only because Posada’s skills are diminishing with age, but because of what they have described as his hostile relationship with his former teammate turned manager Joe Girardi. To his credit, Michael Kay directly asked the Yankees manager about those rumors during the latest edition of the Joe Girardi show on YES. Girardi became extremely emotional when talking about how untrue these allegations are and how much it hurts him that people think that because he loves Jorge and is still pulling for him. Girardi could just be a fantastic actor, but in watching that interview, I genuinely believed that he was telling the truth. That doesn't mean they haven't bumped heads or had bad moments because all relationships do, but maybe the animosity so often talked about in the media isn't actually there.

That being said, even if Posada and Girardi were best buds, the great Yankee’s days in pinstripes would probably be coming to an end soon. As much as I’d like to see Jorge retire as a Yankee, I can’t blame him for wanting to continue to play baseball. It would diminish his stature to see him in a minor role with another team, especially if he struggles, which is why I hope he opts for retirement. But it’s his career and he can do what he wants with it. I just hope the end isn’t too painful to watch.

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