Re: Poll: Was Jorge Posada justified for sitting out after being told to bat 9th?
posted at 5/15/2011 9:48 AM EDT
-In Response to Re: Poll: Was Jorge Posada justified for sitting out after being told to bat 9th?
[QUOTE]And of course, FOX tracks down Cashman mid-game, because he is the one most likely to speak to the media these days. He said very little but, shared that it was NOT an injury situation, which is saying too much. He made no attempt to diffuse the situation with the media, and FOX ran with it, talking retirement, fines, voiding contracts, quoting tweets, etc. Cashman could have changed the entire complexion of this with a few reassuring words, but that's not his way these days. If I were a Yankee fan, I may feel a bit betrayed and frustrated with Posada, I don't really know. But as a fan of another team looking at the situation, if this is the extent of it, I don't feel that Jorge's image or legacy is tarnished......come on. Jorge was not afforded the opportunity to transition out of his primary role to a more one dimensional role. This is a drastic change for a player both mentally and physically. Perhaps he could be handling the situation with more grace, no doubt (the back issue was almost obviously brought to light in response to the life the situation took on during the game - and he probably sees the chiropractor regularly, whether he is in the line-up or not). But if he is mentally not prepared to go on a given day, regardless of the reasons, is it best for the team for him to be in the line-up? I'm sure with his own struggles at the plate and feeling that the organization is not behind him, he is mentally drained. Apparently being dropped to 9th was the last straw and he said he couldn't go for that game. It's an unfortunate set of circumstances for all involved, but I don't see what all of the extreme fuss is about. It shouldn't be that big of a story, IMO. Hopefully it is resolved today and everyone moves on.
Posted by kt888[/QUOTE]
if Jorge says his back is stiff, then his back is stiff. He seems like a straight shooting guy to me. The whole thing was turned into a circus by FOX, to the point where his wife was tweeting his defense in mid game.Cashman says it was not an injury, and I don't think a stiff back is an "injury". Posada is a proud man going through some tough times, and probably doesn't want to make an already bad situation worse by going out hurt and flailing at baseballs with a bat in his hands, which he already seems to be doing. He deserves the benefit of the doubt.
As far as him being allowed to catch, would once a week work? Maybe not. The end comes cruelly-- ask Jim Rice, Phil Rizzuto, Rico Petrocelli, Mel Stottlemye and most others. I know one thing- Jorge's hitting .165 as DH. Can't have that, and the Yanks have been gracious with their patience. There is a reason he's not catching, and Girardi should be commended for not making that public. Some pitchers on the staff chose not to have him catch them last year, and runners were stealing him blind. Running Posada out there once a week to be sensitive could be a disaster.
I hate to sound heartless, and I am a Yankee fan, and felt the same way when the boo-birds were calling for Joe Torre's head during Bernie Williams' waning days: this is a business, and runners are not being driven in- you saw the stats last night. I hope Jorge adjusts to the role and catches fire. Like Smiley pointed out, he is 39 years old.