Ben Cherington is out of a job after stepping down as Red Sox general manager earlier this week, but he still has his sense of humor.
Cherington was on hand as a guest speaker today for the fifth annual Saberseminar in Boston, which benefits the Jimmy Fund. The event is centered around sabermetrics, scouting, and the science of baseball. His job status was obviously the big elephant in the room and he decided to go the self-deprecating route.
Cherington also held himself accountable for some of his decision-making, most notably with the decision to sign Hanley Ramirez and put him in left field. He said the front office “made a bet on the history of what players look like going from middle infield to outfield,” but admitted that it hasn’t gone well. According to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal, Cherington said that he believes some of his failings in the job came as a result of making decisions “in a rush.”
While he didn’t exactly go out on a high note in Boston, kudos to Cherington for being humorous and thoughtful in what has to be a pretty rough week for him. He likely won’t have to wait long for his next opportunity.
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.
Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar is day-to-day after leaving Friday’s game against the Brewers with a hyperextended neck. Escobar suffered the injury when he collided with a fan and the railing along the left field line while attempting to catch a foul ball off the bat of Ryan Braun in the first inning. You can watch the play here.
Anthony Rendon took over at third base while Danny Espinosa entered the game to play second. According to CSNMidAtlantic.com, Nationals manager Matt Williams is hopeful that he won’t have to miss much time.
“He ran into a fan trying to catch that ball. As he went to reach for it, he kinda leaned over with his upper body,” Wiliams explained. “The fence caught him at the waste and hyperextended his neck a little bit. So he’s a little sore. We’ll see how he is tomorrow. For now, he’s day to day.”
In a year where many on the Nationals have underachieved and/or battled injuries, Escobar has been one of the team’s best players. The 32-year-old is batting .305 with nine home runs and 40 RBI over 109 games. His .779 OPS is his best since his rookie season with the Braves in 2007.