A growing number of Yankee fans have called for Posada to be removed from the lineup and someone else inserted as the DH, so one would assume that what transpired prior to last night's game against the Boston Red Sox makes these fans jump for joy.
Yankee nemesis and current Boston designated hitter David Ortiz has seemingly made more sense of the Jorge Posada soap opera then anyone else, as New York Daily News columnist Roger Rubin reports here. Some of the more interesting things Ortiz had to say:
"As a DH when you just think about hitting and you're not hitting, it just (stinks)... the confusion, the frustration that you're living will sometimes make you make a mistake...He probably thought it was the right thing to do, but now you see it isn't. It's not easy,"
The right thing would have been for Posada, Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman and Yankee Manager Joe Girardi to be on the same page, have the same story and stick with it. Certainly, Posada's wife Laura tweeting that Jorge was out due to a back injury, something that nobody associated with the Yankees was aware of, was not the right thing to do. Ortiz continues:
"They are doing that guy wrong right there, they are doing him wrong. He's legendary right there...and from what I heard they told him at the beginning he's not even going to catch in the bullpen...You're going to tell me Posada can't catch a game out there? Come on, man. And I guarantee you if they throw him out there once in a while, mentally it's going to help him out because then he's not just thinking about hitting."
Makes perfect sense to me. The more Posada has going on, even if only once a week, the less intense his focus on hitting will be, and perhaps he'd get back to simply playing instead of losing his mind because his swing isn't there.
Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi definitely did not take the mental aspect of a player's game into account when they made that decision. Cashman I can understand, but Girardi, who caught in the big leagues for a long time himself, should have known better than anyone what severely limiting Jorge's role could do to the rest of his game.
Posada is on his last legs, his skills have been and continue to erode rather quickly. This is an indisputable fact.
But his exit could have been done gracefully, tastefully, and he should have continued to be eased out of his catching duties as begun last season.
Cashman and Girardi only need look in the mirror to see who created the newest distraction for the Yankees, one that again will overshadow how poorly the entire team has been hitting as of late.