“All the frustration came out,” said the slumping star, who met with manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman and told them he was sorry. “It was just one of those days you wish you could take back.”
Posada was not in the starting lineup against Boston left-hander Jon Lester, but that was about strategy, not punishment. That said, the Yankees did contact the commissioner’s office during Saturday night’s blowup about possible recourse _ a pursuit they’ve since dropped.
By Sunday afternoon, the five-time All-Star was smiling and laughing while speaking with reporters in the clubhouse, appearing generally relaxed despite his .165 batting average.
Even though Posada didn’t start, the Bleacher Creatures chanted his name during their daily “roll call,” and the rest of the Yankee Stadium crowd cheered. The 39-year-old Posada, who has helped New York win five World Series titles and seven AL pennants, stood up in the dugout and waved.
Posada entered as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning, triggering a boisterous standing ovation. With the Yankees trailing by two, he drew a leadoff walk from hard-throwing reliever Daniel Bard but was stranded. He didn’t come up again and New York lost 7-5 for its fifth consecutive defeat _ all at home.
Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo said Cashman informed owners Hal and Hank Steinbrenner, along with club president Randy Levine, about Posada’s apologies, and the team considers the matter closed. Zillo said the Yankees will not take any disciplinary action.
“We had a nice conversation. We talked about being emotional and going through struggles and what defines who you are. He apologized and said, `I had a bad day,’ and I said, `I have had bad days, too,’” Girardi said. “‘I know it’s hard to struggle, but you’re going to get through this.’
“It wasn’t the typical Jorge Posada face. Yeah, he was a little emotional. I was emotional in there because he’s one of my guys. I feel for what he’s going through.”
On the field, Posada hugged Alex Rodriguez and chatted with other teammates during batting practice. Yankees captain Derek Jeter, one of Posada’s best friends, said the issue was resolved and he saw nothing wrong with what his pal did Saturday.
“It’s not the first time that someone has come out of the lineup,” Jeter said. “If you need a day, you need a day. … If I thought he did something wrong, I’d be the first to tell him.”
“I said, ‘No problem.’ I’ll talk and obviously we’ll get this behind us as soon as we can. We’ve got to focus on the Red Sox, not each other,” Cashman said.