It was reported late last night that upon learning he was scheduled to bat ninth in the order on Saturday, Posada didn't only request to sit out of the game but actually wanted off of the Yankees altogether.
Wow. Talk about entitlement.
As information continues to pour out regarding the sour relationship between Yankees brass and some of their core veterans—namely Posada and good friend Derek Jeter—one is left wondering what is happening to the legendary Yankees franchise.
Here is a clip from the news Buster Olney broke early this morning, courtesy of ESPN and the New York Daily News:
Jorge Posada was so angry at being dropped to ninth in the order Saturday that he not only said he wanted out of the lineup, he also said he wanted off the Yankees.
Sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney on Monday that the 39-year-old lashed out about the lineup move and being relegated to full-time designated hitter.
"It was just something said in the heat of anger and frustration," a source close to Posada said, according to the Daily News. "He didn't want out, and doesn't want out. He was just frustrated and said a lot of things.
Should the Yankees have released Posada immediately?
Saturday was filled with conflicting reports. Posada said he had a stiff back. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that Posada sitting had nothing to do with an injury.
But Posada, who is batting .165 and has yet to get a hit against a left-hander this season, later apologized for pulling himself from the lineup.
"It's just one of those days that you wish you could have back," Posada said Sunday.
I don't care if it was said in the "heat of anger"—it's not something that should have been said at all.
With the Yankees reeling, this is the time they need their veterans to step up and be leaders. Especially from the duo of Posada and Jeter—who have each won five World Series championships for the Yankees franchise.
Instead, the Yanks continue to make headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Is their season on the brink? Maybe, but the Yankees have plenty of time to turn things around. One thing is clear—the Yankees veterans in the clubhouse need to step up and do their jobs before they see their season spiral even further out of control.