Three weeks ago, a great deal of the discussion surrounding the Yankees 27th World Championship was about "The Core Four."
Much was made about how Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, and Jorge Posada had remained together since the minor leagues and that they had been instrumental in five world championships in the Bronx.
Forget about Pettitte leaving for three years to go to Houston. Andy has to be considered a key to the Yankees winning these five titles. He was a big-game pitcher in 1996 and contributed to the titles won in 1998, 1999. and 2000.
And of course in 2009, the Yankees probably don't win No. 27 without the big lefty.
And no one can question Mariano Rivera or Derek Jeter. They have been here all that time and they were key from 1996 to the present, even though Mariano was not the closer in 1996.
Without question, Mariano was as important as John Wetteland who closed in 1996. Without Mo, the Yankees would not have started the new dynasty in 1996.
But Posada is a different matter altogether. I was surprised to hear so much about "The Core Four." My memory told me something different.
So I went back and did some fact checking.
In 1996, Jorge Posada appeared in exactly EIGHT games for New York in the regular season. Hardly a major contributor.
And in the post season, Posada did not play one inning. He made no appearance in the ALDS, ALCS, or World Series.
So for anyone to claim that Posada has won five World Series titles is just wrong. I am not certain whether the team gave him a ring that year. But if they did, it had to be just because he was on the 40-man roster.
Because Posada did not contribute in any meaningful way in 1996 and made absolutely no contribution in the post season.
Stop all the talk about "The Core Four" and let's correct history. Posada has only earned four World Series titles.
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