Jorge Posada has announced his retirement from baseball. It was an emotional farewell as Posada called a press conference on Tuesday to inform about his decision. Posada started his farewell speech with a prepared statement about his experiences with the New York Yankees. In his speech Posada reminisced about his time with them as “priceless.”
Posada also thanked other organizations and institutes for providing him support throughout his career. Posada included his wife, Laura in his testimonial too. Posada called her a “rock” for providing stability to his life. Derek Jeter also made an entry into his speech. Tears came into his eyes, when Posada spoke about leaving behind the Yankees and his teammates, especially best friend, Jeter.
“Hopefully, you won't miss me that much,” Posada said to Jeter, who was in attendance among other teammates.
Posada has shown no interest in playing with any other team in the league after Yankees refused to re-sign him.
“I knew in my heart and I knew in my head I didn't want to play anymore,” Posada commented on the issue.
Posada further stated that despite the decision he was happy for the career he had with the Yankees. He recounted how he entered the Yankee Stadium each day with Joe DiMaggio’s famous quote going through his head, “I want to thank the Good Lord for making me a Yankee”.
Posada sat at the dais with his wife and children, Jorge Jr. and Paulina. Five world championship trophies gleamed in Posada’s background, four of which were won with his help. Apart from Jeter, the crowd in front of Posada also included Mariano Rivera, CC Sabathia and Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner.
Posada, who is 40 years old now, has been playing with the Yankees for 17 seasons. He has accumulated an average of .273 along with 275 home runs and 1,065 RBIs in 1,829 games. Posada played most of these games under manager Joe Torre, whom he considered as a “father” figure.
Posada is one of the only five catchers in history with 1,500 hits, 350 doubles, 275 homers and 1,000 RBIs. These statistics will undoubtedly bring him into the Hall of Fame.