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Jorge Posada officially retires

Jan 24, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

Posada Presser

The Jorge Posada retirement press conference just went down at Yankee Stadium.  It was a packed house. Even more so than Andy Pettitte’s last year. In attendance were Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, CC Sabathia and about a zillion others.

It was also pretty emotional, as Diana Munson, the widow of Thurman Munson, was on hand. She said that Posada brought her back to baseball again following the death of her husband and that she admired and loved the way he played the game. Which is, just, wow. Video of her comments can be seen here.

As for Jorge himself, he said “”I could never wear another uniform … I will forever be a Yankee.”  In this he is a True Yankee. Just like others who never wore another uniform. You know, like Babe Ruth and Yogi Berra.

Kidding!  Posada was an astounding player. One who, as Aaron noted, was massively underrated in his career. Guys like him are what made it hard to hate the Yankees even as their dominance taunted you into wanting to hate them. So good. So competitive. Seemed so decent.

Enjoy your retirement, Jorge.

  1. makjak2 - Jan 24, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Man, I got emotional just watching him get emotional. We sure will miss Jorge.

  2. CliffC - Jan 24, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Got dusty in my office when Diana Munson spoke

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:34 PM

      There sure is something about Yankee catchers.

  3. yankeesfanlen - Jan 24, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    The press conference was obviously difficult to do for a man of Jorge’s passion and intensity. He handled it with as much aplomb as possible, helped by the press that, for the most part, didn’t treat him like Richard Nixon.
    And, thanks, Jorge for including me in your appreciation to everyone who has even bought a hot dog in the Cathedral during the last 17 years.
    A final Hip Hip Jorge!

  4. contraryguy - Jan 24, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Let the HOF debate begin.

    Seems like yesterday I was watching him here in CBus, playing for the Clippers. Astounding roster in the mid-90s: Posada, Jeter, Mariano, Ramiro Mendoza and Andy Pettitte (and future manager material in Bob Melvin). Winning begets winning.

  5. stackers1 - Jan 24, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    It was a tough watch for a Yankee fan like myself. Jorge tried to hold it together, but when he spoke in Spanish to his parents, he lost it. Good luck always Jorge!

  6. bozosforall - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Pure class!

    The very best in retirement, Jorge!

    Is there a managing career in your future? I hope so.

    • 18thstreet - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      If anyone knows class, it’s Bozos.

    • aceshigh11 - Jan 24, 2012 at 2:12 PM

      Get fucked, you lowlife piece of shit.

      You don’t get to talk about “class” and act like you’re NOT a pathetic, immature scumbag who ruins this site with your foul, hateful bullshit.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 24, 2012 at 2:44 PM

        …says the one who responds with foul, hateful bullshit.

  7. cur68 - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    1 less guy with out batting gloves, now. Happy trails Jorge.

  8. lardin - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Craig, You do know the Ruth player for the Red Sox right? Maybe you meant Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra or Lou Gerhig and Yogi Berra or Joe DiMaggio and Yogi Berra?

    • cur68 - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      pssst: Didn’t you see the word “Kidding” in there?

      ps. Berra had a stint with The Mets.

      • lardin - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:41 PM

        9 at bats?

      • cur68 - Jan 24, 2012 at 2:00 PM

        Yeah, yeah. 9ABs. Counts as playing same way me tripping & falling into my speech pathologist’s ample chest when I was 6 counts as “foreplay” (bet no one else can remember the precise moment they realized girls were kinda interesting…FYI good looking speech pathologists make your stutter worse). Baseball refs et al still counts it as “playing for The Mets”. Hence irony with the inclusion of Ruth in that sentence. We need that sarcasm/irony font ’round here.

  9. acdc363 - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Were gonna miss you jorge

  10. phukyouk - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    At times he was an ass….. but he was OUR ass… I’ll miss ya big guy.. looking forward to seeing you at old timers day and soon enough back on the field in some other capacity!
    HIP HIP JORGE!

  11. whatthehellisansky - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    As Yankee fans, we are spoiled with being able to watch and cheer for guys like Jorge Posada every day.

    I’ll admit – now that it’s all said and done – I took him for granted. Switch hitting catcher w power who could call a decent game behind the plate (caught 2 perfect games) and was CLUTCH. Leader in the clubhouse. Class act.

    He is a special player. We will miss him. Thanks Jorgie.

    Here’s to the Yankees retiring number 20.

  12. phukyouk - Jan 24, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Craig,

    I’m kinda surprised you didnt link the Joel Sherman NYpost article from today about how Jorge retiring is a bad move..

  13. rickset - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    HIP HIP

  14. buffalomafia - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Salut’! Jorge!

  15. silfox9986 - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Thanks Jorge!!!!!! Great 17 years

  16. yankeesgameday - Jan 24, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    It goes Berra, Munson, Posada.

    In order and end of conversation about Yankee catchers in the past 112 years

    • canislupislupis - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:21 PM

      You forgot Bill Dickey.

  17. isaiahforreal - Jan 24, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    So is he a HoF’er?

  18. dsimp724 - Jan 25, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Do you think jeter got him one of those gift baskets

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