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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

An Ode to Jorge Posada and the Players Who Drew Us Into Baseball

I do not remember the beginning of my baseball fandom, at least not as a single data point dividing the before and after. I guess that’s the way it is for every lifelong fan.

My early memories of baseball include scarfing down my dinner so I could run downstairs and watch as much of the Yankee game as possible before bedtime. I’d holler up to my dad, “0-0! Game just started,” and he’d come down and watch the first few innings with me before going to bed. I’d wake up the next morning to find a post-it note on the side of the kitchen counter with the final score and a quick line about what happened. Dad was already at work.

I had memorized the Yankees’ lineup long before I ever went to kindergarten. And, as my fandom grew in the late ‘90s and early 2000s, an all-time Yankee great became my hero: Jorge Posada. The gritty, fiery catcher was my connection to baseball during those formative years, his impact as significant as those post-it notes and cartoonish eating habits.

When the rest of the young Yankees fans were wearing No. 2 and doing their best Jeter Jump Throw imitation, I was bending my knees and hunching over ever-so slightly in the batter’s box and learning to hit from both sides of the plate. My friends all wanted to play shortstop; I wanted to catch. They wore batting gloves and practiced reapplying them with the bat wedged under their arm-pit; I gripped the bat barehanded and occasionally dusted some dirt on my batting helmet—only later finding out that it was actually extra pine tar coated around the NY logo. When they’d mention the Jeter Flip Play, I’d point out it was Posada who applied the swipe tag.

Given what we’ve been getting this off-season so far, we might as well hear about a 1990s Yankee who wasn’t Captain Intangibles…..

 

QLE Posted: November 27, 2019 at 10:08 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. A triple short of the cycle Posted: November 27, 2019 at 10:20 PM (#5904296)
In the mid 90s I went early to an A's-Yankees game at the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum and watched some batting practice. Some guy I didn't know was driving deep line drives from both sides of the plate and I said Who is that?! (It was rookie callup Posada.) May or may not have been the same game I saw around then that Mariano started.
   2. Moeball Posted: November 28, 2019 at 02:20 AM (#5904319)
I was at a Yankees game vs. Detroit in May 2005. Suddenly I heard one group of fans yelling "Hey!" and then another shouted "Whore!" I couldn't tell who they were calling a whore! Eventually I figured out they were cheering for Posada!
   3. "RMc", the superbatsman Posted: December 02, 2019 at 06:10 PM (#5905026)
I had memorized the Yankees’ lineup long before I ever went to kindergarten.


The poor little bastard never had a chance in life, did he?

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