For Jorge Posada, what may have been his last night as a member of the New York Yankees ended tearfully.
After the Yankees were eliminated in Game 5 of the American League Division series by the Detroit Tigers, Posada stood in the locker room and took questions. And they were tough ones for him, even if quietly asked, because they dealt with an uncertain future with the team he has played for since 1995. The last year of his four-year, $52-million contract was a difficult one for Posada, who was told he’d be a designated hitter in spring training, asked out of the lineup in a nationally-televised game in May against Boston (and apologized) and then played well down the stretch. He hit .429 in the five games of the ALDS — playing, as Alex Rodriguez said, “like a true Navy SEAL” — and had two hits Thursday night.
“Losing is tough, period,” Posada said, “and losing at home is even tougher.”
Posada, 40, said, via the New York Daily News, that he wasn’t thinking about his career beyond last night’s game. “It’s all about the game, trying to win the ballgame. That’s all you think about. I have no words. We lost.”
The final image of Posada in pinstripes at the Stadium may be of his eighth-inning groundout. He was asked about his Yankee memories, but the question was one too many, one he wasn’t ready to answer.
“I don’t go back as far as tomorrow,” Posada said. “I’m really bad with remembering stuff. I don’t know. I can’t answer it. I gave it all on the field.”
Finally, Posada put up his hand, said “I’m sorry” and headed for the showers.
Posada and Derek Jeter, half of the Yankees’ championship Core Four along with Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte, came up together in the organization almost 20 years ago and the shortstop acknowledged the changes that may lie ahead.. “He’s like a brother to me,” Jeter said. “I don’t know what the future holds. It’s not something we’ve talked about.”
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