Results for tag: Jorge Posada
Posted by: Jack Curry on Jan 9, 2012 at 09:34:28 AM

When Jorge Posada was seven years old, his father woke him on a Saturday morning and told him to get dressed for work. Jorge Sr. brought his son outside, gave him a gallon of paint and instructed him to paint a wall near their home in Puerto Rico. The experience wasn’t about painting the wall, Jorge explained to me so many years later. It was about developing a work ethic.

The plan worked. For 15 years, Posada had a superb work ethic as a passionate player for the Yankees. Posada played the most difficult position on the field, he never groused about the rigors of catching and he was demanding of himself and of his teammates. If you wanted to bet on the Yankee who was most likely to confront a teammate, Posada would always be the safest bet.

We already knew that Posada wouldn’t

Posted by: Jack Curry on May 15, 2011 at 03:12:55 PM

Day after day in Spring Training, Jorge Posada explained how he had accepted being stripped of his job as the Yankees catcher and would embrace being the designated hitter. Every time Posada said it, I wondered if his words matched his thoughts. Posada is a proud catcher, a man whose career revolved around strapping shin guards to his legs and pulling a mask over his face.

Finally, after hearing Posada methodically repeat how he would slide into the DH role without creating a ruckus, I cornered him in the clubhouse one day. Since Posada’s tenure with the Yankees had been intrinsically linked to him being a durable catcher, I wanted to know if he really was content with merely being a DH.

“That’s the way I need to approach it,” Posada said. “If I don’t

Posted by: Jack Curry on Sep 9, 2010 at 05:26:53 PM

Jorge Posada’s job can be demanding and dangerous. It is also a job he loves. Posada is a proud catcher, a man who has crouched behind the plate for more than 1,500 Major League games. Every time Posada lowers his fingers to call for a pitch, he knows there is a possibility he could get injured.

“You can’t think about the negative and stuff that could happen,” Posada told me in 2007. “You just got to keep on hoping that everything is going to be fine and you can keep playing the game.”

Posada’s three-year old comment seemed prescient after the Yankees disclosed that he didn’t play Wednesday because of concussion symptoms. That revelation was chilling because of what it could potentially mean to Posada’s future as a player and a person,

Posted by: Jack Curry on Jun 15, 2010 at 02:39:50 PM

When Jorge Posada marches into the Yankees’ clubhouse on Tuesday afternoon, he will search for the lineup that is affixed to the door and he hope he is starting at catcher. Posada is a proud and stubborn catcher, a man who wants his last inning in the Major Leagues to be spent with shin guards strapped around his legs.

Posada returned to his comfortable spot behind the plate for the first time in almost a month on Sunday and belted his second grand slam in two days to help the Yankees stifle the awful Astros. While Posada left the game after eight innings because of soreness in the right foot, he considered it typical soreness from catching and not a serious concern.

Still, when I asked Posada if he expected to start at catcher against the Phillies on Tuesday, he gave an interesting

Posted by: Jack Curry on May 5, 2010 at 10:12:19 AM

We should all do our jobs the way Francisco Cervelli does his: with the same passion, the same energy and the same joy. Even if we could only do it for one day, we should all be as happy at work as Cervelli is when he is playing for the Yankees.

“My mom always said, ‘Have fun because you don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow,’” Cervelli said.

Cervelli has fun, endless and unbridled fun. His giddy disposition is not an act. Cervelli really is an affable guy who is thrilled to have a locker in the same clubhouse as Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and CC Sabathia. If Cervelli plays for another decade, let’s hope he remains this innocent and this excitable. It is a significant part of why he is such a charming story.

As A.J. Burnett pitched powerfully

Posted by: Jack Curry on Apr 27, 2010 at 06:42:18 PM

BALTIMORE –- The Yankees have played 18 games, which is about 11 percent of their schedule. It is barely an appetizer, the equivalent of receiving bread and water before a seven-course meal. No matter how satisfied the Yankees were about going 12-6, it is only a sliver of their season.

Believe it or not, there is still time for Javier Vazquez to potentially win the 15 games, still time for Mark Teixeira to hit like himself and still time for Nick Johnson to climb above the .270 mark. Likewise, there is still time for Andy Pettitte to pitch like a mortal, for Robinson Cano to struggle with runners in scoring position and even time for the mighty Mariano Rivera to blow a save.

But, for now, the 18-game sample, however small, is the way to evaluate the Yankees. General Manager Brian