Jorge Posada had his No. 20 retired by the Yankees in a ceremony prior to this afternoon’s game against the Indians. He’s the 19th player to have his number retired by the Yankees, the most of any team. Needless to say, they have gotten pretty good at these type of events.
A long list of familiar faces were on hand for the occasion, including Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, David Cone, Paul O’Neill, Hideki Matsui, Scott Brosius, and Joe Torre. Yogi Berra, who wasn’t present, had a message displayed on the scoreboard. Yankees manager Joe Girardi escorted Diana Munson on the field to give Posada a framed replica of his plaque which will be displayed in Monument Park. It was a touching moment.
Per Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News, here’s part of Posada’s speech:
“I can’t believe I’m standing here right now,” Posada told the crowd before the scheduled game between the Yankees and Indians. “Trying to put into words the feelings and emotions of this day is tough. I was born passionate about baseball and the New York Yankees.
“Being here seems surreal.”
Posada spoke about his son’s health issues during his speech and made sure to give best wishes to the Indians’ Mike Aviles, whose daughter is battling leukemia.
Posada also threw out of the ceremonial first pitch to his son. You can check it out below:
Posada, a five-time All-Star, won five World Series rings during his time with the Yankees. He was a lifetime .273 hitter over 17 major league seasons, amassing 275 home runs and 1,065 RBI.
Marc Carig of Newsday took Mets owners Fred and Jeff Wilpon to the woodshed over the weekend. He, quite justifiably, lambasted them for their inexplicable frugality, their seeming indifference to wanting to put a winning team on the field and, above all else, their unwillingness to level with the fans or the press about the team’s plans or priorities.
Mets ownership is unaccountable, Carig argues, asking everything of fans and giving nothing in the way of a plan or even hope in return:
Mets fans ought to know where their money is going, because it’s clear that much of it isn’t ending up on the field . . . They never talk about money. Whether it’s arrogance or simply negligence, they have no problem asking fans to pony up the cash and never show the willingness to reciprocate.
And they’re not just failing to be forthcoming with the fans. Even the front office is in the dark about the direction of the team at any given time:
According to sources, the front office has only a fuzzy idea of what they actually have to spend in any given offseason. They’re often flying blind, forced to navigate the winter under the weight of an invisible salary cap. This is not the behavior of a franchise that wants to win.
Carig is not a hot take artist and is not usually one to rip a team or its ownership like this. As such, it should not be read as a columnist just looking to bash the Wilpons on a slow news day. To the contrary, this reads like something well-considered and a long time in the works. It has the added benefit of being 100% true and justified. The Mets have been run like a third rate operation for years. Even when the product on the field is good, fans have no confidence that ownership will do what it takes to maintain that success.
All that seems to matter to the Wilpons is the bottom line and everything flows from there. They may as well be making sewing machines or selling furniture.