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Posada 'threw a hissy fit' about batting ninth

Posted on: May 14, 2011 8:33 pm
Edited on: May 15, 2011 2:25 am
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By Evan Brunell

PosadaWhen Jorge Posada spoke to reporters after learning he would be batting ninth for Saturday's game, he was initially gracious, saying he deserved the demotion by batting .166/.272/.349 in 125 PA with an impressive six home runs but just 18 hits in all.

However, he yanked himself from the lineup later, telling manager Joe Girardi he was "insulted" about hitting ninth as Jack Curry of YES reported, with the source saying he "threw a hissy fit" about it.

The Yankees are considering docking Posada's pay for his refusal to play, and told the team he would address the media after the game. Is it possible Posada could retire rather than deal with the "insult" of batting ninth?

"No, no, no," Posada's father told Curry. "He will play all year. Sometimes, athletes have a bad decision," he added, saying he felt Posada should have played. "He feels bad. He's not hitting. The whole team isn't hitting."

A source told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, however, that Posada's back stiffened up and that is why he asked out of the lineup. It sounds like a pretty convenient excuse, as GM Brian Cashman said there was no injury. Still, you cannot rule out.

It's not easy for a former star on the downslope of his career to accept that he's no longer effective anymore and hitting ninth is a damning statement. That said, he needs to take a page from his former, clear-headed self. There's no way of getting around the fact Posada simply hasn't been productive and deserves to bat ninth until, or if, he turns it around.

If Posada isn't going to play ball, he no longer has the stature to force the team to put up with it. He will be summarily dispatched, especially with top prospect Jesus Montero waiting in the wings. In fact, the Yankees appear to be taking a hard stance against Posada's decision, and reasonably so. Rosenthal noted that the team would be able to dock Posada two days' pay with a breach of contract should they so choose, and if he asks out again Sunday, could move to terminate his contract. Bottom line: Posada is signed to a contract and is beholden to play, whether he wants to or not. The only way he can shirk his duties is to retire -- or have his contract terminated. Either way, he doesn't play.

Andruw Jones went go on to replace Posada at DH, batting ninth against the Red Sox.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:39 pm
 

Posada 'threw a hissy fit' about batting ninth

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 11:31 am
 

Posada 'threw a hissy fit' about batting ninth

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Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2011 1:35 pm
 

Posada 'threw a hissy fit' about batting ninth

Jim Keller: This site is all about sharing thoughts regardless of who your team is or what your sport is. This specific story has implications for every sport and every team. A multi millionaire refusing to play even though he is making tons of money. It is NOT the type of message that should be sent to fans struggling to put food on the table and young players watching this unfold. It is not unique- an aging player having to get used to not being in the limelight and accepting a new role. Posada now can continue to contribute but not as a star- more as a fringe player. If he can't live with that he should retire.

That being said, the Yankees have not handled this well. They have disrespected a former star who always played a huge role but never got the glory like Jeter and ARod. They should have included him more in discussions- maybe they put him in the 8th slot until he pulls out of his slump just out of respect for what he has meant to the Yankees. This approach has worked for Shaq and many other aging players who embrace a new role- part role model part role player.

So Jim Keller- in my opinion the Yankees are wrong on this one as is Posada. Every opinion posted on this board is rightfully there. If you want a board that encourages in breeding and groupthink from people with all the same favorite teams and all the same messages I am sure you can find a pro Yankee board where you Yankee fans can have your love fest or your hate fest- whatever.

For me I love the diversity here and enjoy hearing from people who think very differently than me. Even if I don't agree it is usually thought provoking and interesting.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: May 15, 2011 11:48 am
 

Posada 'threw a hissy fit' about batting ninth

Hey Jimbo, last time I checked, me and everyone else are entitled to our opinions, criticisms, observations and utter didain for "your" New York Yankees. That's the American way dude. I can envision you slaving over your keyboard with a beet-red face, perspiration dripping off the brow in your pinstripe pajamas that your aunt gave you last Xmas while listening to the great John Sterling. Besides Jimmy; the Yanks are too easy a target to shoot at this season with the struggles of "el capitan", arod, swishalicious, and Georgie. By the way my bandwagon friend, I do occasionally piss in my backyard when I don't feel like walking the 5 acres back to my house.



Since: Jun 12, 2008
Posted on: May 15, 2011 11:04 am
 

Posada 'threw a hissy fit' about batting ninth

This thread is not intended for Yankee haters...Go piss in your own backyard.
Leave the comments to those of us that bleed blue.



Since: Jun 12, 2008
Posted on: May 15, 2011 11:01 am
 

Posada 'threw a hissy fit' about batting ninth

This guy is lucky to be playing. He gets a monster salary for shit.
It is about time the Yankees take a hard stance with him and force his hand.




Since: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: May 15, 2011 10:34 am
 

Posada 'threw a hissy fit' about batting ninth

It really is about time! Posada is done! I mean who the hell does he really think he is. There are hundreds of players that wouldn't even be in the majors let alone the lineup batting .165. But, because he is Jorge Posada he thinks he should still be playing everyday and be batting 5th or 6th.  Get a clue Jorge and retire from the game. You have nothing left to offer for the Yankees or baseball.  It must hurt...It really must hurt.



Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: May 15, 2011 8:31 am
 

Posada 'threw a hissy fit' about batting ninth

Love all this yank drama!  Poor po-sit-ta and Jeter (I actually respect Jeter).

Boston one win away from .500!  Yanks have lost 4 in a row!  Move aside yanks, give the Sox some room; the pass is about to happen!



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2011 1:20 am
 

Posada 'threw a hissy fit' about batting ninth

And the Yankees lost big. He needs to be docked pay and the next step should be a terminated contract. These highly paid athletes are too pampered. When they get away with crap like this it sets the stage for the next generation to think it is ok. Not only in sports but everywhere, we need to teach our kids that hard work for a day's pay is a good thing. Millions of us would change places with Posada just for those two days, just for a chance to play or even sit on his spot on the bench. This shows total lack of appreciation for the priviliged life he has led.


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Since: Apr 6, 2010
Posted on: May 15, 2011 1:19 am
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