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Jorge Posada, Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek do the first pitch thing

Apr 13, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

Today were the home openers for the Yankees and the Red Sox.  To kick things off, both teams had recently-retired icons of the franchise throwing out the first pitch.

First, Varitek and Wakefield, who emerged from what I will henceforth call the American Flag Monstah:

source: Getty Images

Then Posada, who looks a bit frosty up on top of the mountain, no?

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As someone who was already out of college and married when these guys began their careers — or in the case of Wakefield, enjoyed his greatest success — I feel really friggin’ old right now.

  1. bigharold - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    “I feel really friggin’ old right now.”

    Not as old as they feel I’ll bet.

  2. beefytrout - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    tell me that’s not Posada’s delivery stance?

    • brian32556 - Apr 13, 2012 at 7:45 PM

      He was throwing to his father, clownface.

  3. protectthishouse54 - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Should have had Varitek catch it.

  4. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    I can’t believe these guys are retired. So weird.

    • aceshigh11 - Apr 13, 2012 at 6:18 PM

      No kidding.

      It’s REALLY gonna suck when I start being older than most of these guys in a few years.

      • deathmonkey41 - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:25 AM

        Meh- I felt old years ago when I saw Phil Simm’s kid get drafted into the NFL. And I’m younger than Posada and Pettite.

      • deathmonkey41 - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:25 AM

        I meant that I’m younger than all three of those guys.

  5. lucidsportsfan - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    The Wakefield/Varitek first pitch ceremony cool have been a lot cooler than it was if they had done this instead http://www.lucidsportsfan.com/2012_04_01_archive.html#1845752810730300037

  6. brian32556 - Apr 13, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    @Craig Calcaterra
    Maybe a little snow, but at least he’s got something up there Fivehead!

  7. SomeCallMe...Tim - Apr 13, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Varitek, while being one of my favorite players ever, could never catch Wakefield’s knuckleball. If he’s like me, he’s still having nightmares about those extra innings against the Yankees in ’04 with the winning run on third base and Wake’s knuckler floating towards his mitt. Let the man enjoy his retirement.

  8. icanspeel - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Did Wakefield throw a knuckleball? Would be fitting

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