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A day later, Posada and the Yankees get it right

Posted on: May 15, 2011 9:53 pm
Edited on: May 15, 2011 11:17 pm
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NEW YORK -- Apologizing was right, but it was also easy.

Accepting the apology was right, but easy.

Jorge Posada and the Yankees did their best Sunday to defuse a crisis that never should have been, and it's hard to argue with either side's second-day reaction.

Posada admitted he was wrong to ask out of the lineup because he was upset about batting ninth (even though he still hasn't admitted that's why he was upset). He apologized to his manager and his general manager, and he addressed the issue with emotion but with absolutely no venom.

"It's not about Jorge Posada," he said. "It's not about Joe Girardi. It's about the Yankees. I let some people down."

Obviously, it would have been better if Posada had said all that Saturday night. Obviously, it would have been better than that if he hadn't pulled himself from the game in the first place.

And obviously, it would have been better if Girardi and Brian Cashman hadn't messed with Posada by first insisting that he never, ever could catch, then by slapping him in the face by batting him ninth in a nationally televised game against the Red Sox, and finally by suggesting through "sources" that they would fine him or even try to void his contract.

There was none of that Sunday.

"Today's a new day," Cashman said. "We'd like to get the page turned."

At this point, it's reasonable to expect that Posada (who didn't start Sunday against left-hander Jon Lester, but received a huge ovation when he pinch hit in the eighth inning) will return to the lineup as soon as Tuesday night, when the Yankees face Rays right-hander James Shields (and maybe even Monday against lefty David Price). At this point, you'd have to think Posada will accept batting ninth, publicly and privately, if that's what Girardi asks him to do."

Consider this page turned.

And the question on the next page: Was a lesson learned?

Posada isn't the Yankees' only fading star. Even if there are no more Posada issues (and there will be, if he doesn't significantly improve his .165 average), the Yankees will face similar questions as they deal with the declines of Derek Jeter, and eventually Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and perhaps even Mariano Rivera.

Girardi addressed this Sunday, saying, "I'm managing some Yankees that have had great careers and are aging in front of us. And there's no manual on that."

He's right. There's no manual.

But if there was, it sure wouldn't tell you to handle it the way the Yankees handled Posada.

It might, however, tell you to do exactly as Posada and the Yankees did Sunday.

That was easy.




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Since: May 15, 2010
Posted on: May 15, 2011 11:35 pm
 

A day later, Posada and the Yankees get it right

I'm sorry, but it's called the NEW YORK Yankees baseball team, NOT the DEREK JETER/JORGE POSADA/MARIANO RIVERA ALL OF WHOM HAVE BEEN PAID HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS baseball team.  Honestly, these athletes nowadays are freakin' babies.  If your feelings are easily hurt, don't take the money and then bat 0.165.  No big money, no problem.  Where's the pride when they sign deals knowing they won't live up to them?  Oh, I see, it's only the PLAYERS who have to be coddled.  Please.  Enough.

Wait, I just thought...maybe A-Roid can get his steroid connection back.


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