New York Yankees: Jorge Posada's Best and Worst Moments
Jorge Posada and the New York Yankees share a relationship few athletes and their clubs have. The two have never known time away from each other before Jorge's recent retirement, and the moments they share throughout the years are timeless.
Through good times and bad, Jorge has remained one of the Yankee's most beloved players, being a part of five World Series teams.
Jorge never had it easy, coming in behind Joe Girardi, who himself was a stud behind the plate. Even history followed Jorge's journey behind the plate, as Yogi Berra regularly attended games.
Countless moments surround the legendary journey of Jorge Posada.
Here are the five worst and five best moments in Jorge's career.
10. Jorge's Error Ends Errorless Streak
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On an Elvis Andrus attempt to steal second base on June 2, 2009, Jorge Posada overthrew the bag, thus ending a major league record 18-game error-less streak for the New York Yankees.
Someone had to end the streak somehow, and it always stings to be the guy with that distinction.
It also doesn't help Posada's case behind the plate, where he has received criticism as being a subpar backstop.
Not the be all, end all of bad moments, but you never want to be the one ending a favorable streak, especially one that breaks major league records.
9. "The Flip"
In one of the New York Yankees most infamous plays, Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada connect on an outrageous relay to the plate to tag out Jeremy Giambi during Game 3 of the 2001 ALDS.
The play known as "The Flip" saw Derek Jeter make a heads-up move down near home plate to receive a wild throw from the outfield and backhand flip the ball to Posada, who applies a quick and swift tag on Giambi.
Not only did Posada contribute on the back end of the play to preserve a 1-0 lead, that one run came off a fifth-inning Posada home run, being the only run in the game, which kept the series alive for New York.
8. Posada and Burnett
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It's no secret that Jorge Posada and A.J. Burnett had issues with each other in New York.
Despite winning the 2009 World Series in Burnett's first year as a Yankee, the pitcher didn't quite mesh well with the longtime Yankee backstop.
The highly publicized, rocky relationship seemed to come to a head when the Yankees named Jose Molina as Burnett's official catcher.
To the anchor of the New York defense for 15 seasons at that point, that announcement did not sit well.
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On May 17, 1998, a mere month into a new season, Posada caught baseball history.
David Wells threw a perfect game that day, highlighting one of the great moments in Posada, Yankee, and for that matter, baseball history.
What made things even sweeter for Posada was the fact this was his first season as the primary catcher for New York.
Posada's first year as the primary catcher for New York could not have been scripted any better. The 1998 season for the New York Yankees is one that will live in infamy.
That year, Posada caught for arguably the greatest team in baseball history, leading the Yankees to a then-record 114 wins and a second World Series in three years.
6. The Move to DH
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Every athlete faces the inevitable moment of replacement.
As time goes on, the body just doesn't give an athlete the same results it did during the early days, and the world watched as Jorge slowly but surely inched toward retirement.
For Yankee fans especially, the slow decline of Posada's catching and hitting ability was hard to watch.
The man so beloved for his time behind the plate for four World Series titles and the backup for one would eventually be moved from catcher to an everyday DH.
This wasn't the worst of moves, but for a Yankee catcher with so much history and accomplishments with the game's greatest team, the move spelled the coming end for Posada.
5. Jorge Gets Pedro
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Game 7. ALCS. Yankees. Red Sox.
Can we have any more drama? Absolutely.
In one of the wildest games in playoff history, the Yankees pounced on every Pedro Martinez mistake.
When Posada came to the plate with Hideki Matsui and Bernie Williams on base with the Yankees down, Pedro was ready to do his job against a bitter personal rival.
Posada got the better of Pedro and drove in Matsui and Williams to tie the game with a two-run double.
That game-tying run and the infamous decision to leave Pedro in set up Aaron Boone's walk-off home run that sent New York back to the World Series in 2003.
4. The Last Out
After a wild ALCS, the Yankees went on to lose the 2003 World Series to the Florida Marlins, which would be only the second World Series for the relatively new club.
Jorge Posada didn't have a much of a series and wound up being the last out that sealed the championship for Florida.
Someone has to be the last out, but a player never wants that distinction. Especially in the World Series.
3. The House That Posada Built
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Against the Cleveland Indians on April 16, 2009, Jorge Posada became the first to homer inside the New Yankee Stadium.
As one fourth of the remaining "core four," it was only fitting that Posada was the man to do the job.
The year would turn out to be a good one for Posada and the Yanks, who went on to win the 2009 World Series at home in the new ballpark.
Babe Ruth and the Yanks followed a similar script in 1923, when Ruth hit the first home run of the then-new Yankee Stadium and went on to win the World Series.
2. Jorge Benches Himself
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As any athlete is at the tail end of their career, Jorge Posada just wasn't his usual old self last season.
The former starting catcher hit such a sour streak during the 2011 season that manager Joe Girardi decided to pencil in Posada at No. 9 in the lineup.
In response, Jorge benched himself and blamed the situation on an injury. The Posada announcement confused everyone—even the Yankees, who had no report of injury for their now-everyday DH.
Posada would later go on to reveal the truth and apologize for actions which were certainly out of character for the longtime Yankee.
1. 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2009
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Jorge Posada has a ring for every finger on one hand, and coupled with his offensive numbers and longevity behind the plate, the man is a strong candidate for the Hall of Fame.
The World Series title is the ultimate goal of every major leaguer, and each title won is just as sweet as the next.
Posada won his first in just his second year with the Yankees and tasted glory four more times.
Three of those came back-to-back-to-back, a feat the Yankees are all too used to doing. And again in 2009, nearly a decade after the last.
Those are the moments players live for and are surely the greatest moments of Posada's storied career.