Jorge Posada Will Make Return to the Bronx on Friday for Ceremonial First Pitch

Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIIApril 11, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24:  Jorge Posada addresses the media during a press conference to announce his retirement from the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on January 24, 2012 in the Bronx borough of  New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Well, that was fast.

After retiring over the offseason, Jorge Posada has already been invited back by the Yankees to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Friday afternoon NY Daily News reports.

The Yankees' home opener will begin at 1:05 EDT, and the pregame festivities will begin at 12:40 EDT.

Posada retired in January after his age finally began to catch up with him the past several seasons. After 16 amazing seasons in pinstripes, Posada deserved a happy and healthy retirement.

According to the report, he will be honored with the "Pride of the Yankees Award" at the team's 2012 Homecoming Dinner Thursday night.

Posada will become the 11th former player to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a Yankees home opener, joining Mike Mussina, Bernie Williams, Yogi Berra, Reggie Jackson, Whitey Ford, Phil Rizzuto, Mel Stottlemyre, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Bob Shawkey, notes NY Daily News.

It will certainly be an emotional return to the Bronx for Posada, especially after retiring just a few months ago.

This may be the last time until an Old Timer's Day that Yankees fans see Posada on the diamond. Even with his good friend Andy Pettitte's return, Posada was clear that he wouldn't be making a similar return at this point in his life.

Friday should be an exciting day for the Yankees and their fans. Not only will the 2012 season really get under way in the Bronx against a revamped Angels club, but they will be welcoming back an old friend to throw out the first pitch.

There will be plenty of anticipation in the coming days as the Yankees and their fans get set to welcome back a legend.