Today has been a very emotional day in Yankees History as beloved catcher Jorge Posada had retired from baseball after 17 years in pinstripes. The retirement press conference was sweet yet somber as Jorge Posada sat at the podium with his wife Laura & his 2 children Jorge Posada Jr. & Paulina Posada. Jorge looked out at the press with sadness but with a bit of determination ready to go into the next chapter of his life; retirement.
“Today was a very emotional day for me.” Posada told the crowd of reporters.
Jorge Posada has officially retired after 17 seasons with the New York Yankees
“Ever since I was a little kid, all I wanted to do was become a major leaguer. I was able to live my dream and play baseball for the best franchise in the world, the New York Yankees. ”
Posada was known in the clubhouse as being honest to his teammates and a captain figure. If his teammates were struggling, he would tell them. If they needed advice, Jorge would help. Michael Kay, Jack Curry & Bob Lorenz spoke about how Jorge’s career in pinstripes was important to him and now when fans look at a trading card, Jorge’s career will be all about the Yankees from 1995-2011.
Among the guests at the press conference were teammates Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera & CC Sabathia, manager Joe Girardi, Yankees GM Brian Cashman, former baseball player Willie Randolph, Yankees broadcaster Suzyn Waldman & Diana Munson; the widow of Thurman Munson who spoke very highly of Jorge.
“This is a man who brought me back to baseball.” Diana Munson told the crowd. “I’m so honored to be here and I am so honored to have loved 2 Yankee catchers in my life.”
During the press conference Posada was emotional, letting out tears as he said all of his thank you’s to the teammates, his fans & his family and gave a special thank you to his inspiration; his father.
Posada honored his Yankee pinstripes and while he has a reputation of being temperamental, he was hard working and always made the Yankee name proud.
“I grew up in front of the fans, in front of my teammates. I could never wear another uniform. I will forever be a Yankee.”