Tuesday, Yankees’ catcher Jorge Posada (born Jorge Rafael Posada Villeta) officially announced his retirement at Yankee Stadium, his teammates, coaches, and friends had the following to say about the Puerto Rican father of two.
“Jorge played the game the right way. He gave the Yankees and the fans his very best every day. He was a fan favorite, and for good reason. He will go down as one of the greatest Yankees catchers ever, and certainly deserves strong consideration for entry into the Hall of Fame.”
- Ken Singleton (YES Network broadcaster 2002-present)
“I’d like to congratulate Jorge on a fantastic career. As two catchers playing in New York at the same time, I was able to get to know him over the years and appreciate everything he brought to the table. He was a general behind the plate and delivered in the clutch when it mattered most. I wish him well on his retirement.”
- Mike Piazza (Major League Baseball player from 1992-2007; New York Mets catcher from 1998-2005)
“Jorge Posada is a great Yankee and a great New Yorker. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I congratulate him on his outstanding career and thank him for the invaluable contributions he’s made to our city.”
- Michael R. Bloomberg (New York City Mayor)
“Jorge has bled the pinstripes for a long, long time, and he played with a passion that certainly rubbed off on his teammates. To play the number of games that he did, at the level he did, year in and year out, at the toughest position on the field, is a credit to his commitment to his craft. He left everything out on the field, and that’s what made him special.
- Alex Rodriguez (Yankees teammate from 2004-2011)
“Jorge Posada is far beyond your true, loyal Yankee. Jorge lives this team, organization and city. A family man unmatched, his love for family and team is shown every single day, and I’ve been there every step of the way to witness and testify to it.
“Georgie’s sense of humor with his teammates and especially with me, in spite of countless painful days, has always been refreshing and energizing. He always helped us to excel, succeed and enjoy the game the way it’s supposed to be. His career blessed us.
“On Opening Day 2010, it was Jorge Posada who singlehandedly took his team and the entire Yankee Stadium crowd to a place that was humbling beyond expression, when he lovingly honored me. Every day for the remainder of my life, I will remember and reflect on his love, as he brought it out from our team and our fans. There is no real way to adequately express the emotion of that moment and what it meant to me.”
- Gene Monahan (Yankees Head Athletic Trainer 1973-2011)
“Jorge is a good kid and he had a wonderful career. He has always been one of the toughest and most passionate guys on the club — the Yankees don’t win those championships without him.”
- Yogi Berra (Hall of Famer, former Yankees player [1946-63] and manager [1964, 1984-85], and current Special Advisor)
Posada retires having helped the Yankees win five World Series, and after serving the Yankees his entire career says he “will forever be a Yankee.”
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