Then he was off the field and hugging Mo Rivera. He is still the closer and Derek Jeter is still the shortstop and Andy Pettitte, the other member of the Core Four, is improbably on his way back to the rotation after a year in retirement. Pettitte was the first of them to retire, only now he is back. It is Posada who watches them go on without him the way a baseball season finally does in the Bronx.
He talked about how he had offers from other teams to play this season, but finally turned them down.
“I didn’t want to be another guy on another team,” Posada said Friday.
He was the first to hit a home run in the new Yankee Stadium the day it opened, but you know his best days and nights were across the street, when Posada was behind the plate for some of the best Yankee teams you will ever see in this world, when he began playing himself to Cooperstown.
“This is my opinion,” an old catcher named Mike Scioscia said on the field before the game, “but any conversation you have about the great catchers, Jorge Posada has to be a part of it.” And when it was pointed out to Scioscia that some people see Posada as a borderline Hall of Fame candidate, Scioscia shook his head and said, “People who say that about him don’t know what they’re talking about. He’s a slam-dunk candidate as far as I’m concerned.”