Jorge Posada, and why I don’t give a shit

A couple of weeks ago I returned to a major league clubhouse for the first time in, oh, a year. It was nice being back, the comfortable rhythms of a life I once knew very well. Players dodge the press. The press congregates. A star goes to his locker. The press follows. Ah, like home.

Yet whenever I long for a true comeback to covering baseball, I’m reminded why it’s a job I no longer crave. This time, the reminder is the Jorge Posada mess.

As you know by now, Posada—batting .165—took himself out of the Yankee lineup because he was insulted that manager Joe Girardi batted him ninth. This because an enormous story—first here in New York, but quickly across the nation. How dare Posada! How dare the Yankees! Shame! Shame! Shame. Because we, as a people, are lemings, a predictable course of acting ensued. The press flocked to Posada, then to his teammates, then to Brian Cashman. It all landed on the front pages and the lead broadcasts. Posada apologized—but was it enough? No! Yes! No! Yes! Then, to cap off my all-time favorite routine, we (the press) asked the Yankees whether this would be a distraction. “This” is supposed to be, on the surface, Posada asking out of the lineup. But “this,” in actuality, is us asking and asking and asking whether it’ll be a distraction. In other words, it’s the ultimate self-fulfilling prophecy: By asking whether it’s a distraction, we’ve created a distraction. Love it!

To say I hate this shit is an understatement. I loathe this shit. Loathe it, loathe it, loathe it. When I was at SI, and an editor told me I had to report on such garbage, I wanted to crawl into a hole and hide. It’s like we’re really bored with our own lives, and we need to be entertained by the misdeeds of others.

Blech.

PS: On a side note, why did the Yankees think Jorge Posada, 39, would be a fine DH? He’s old, he’s been beaten down by years of catching and he’s never been an overwhelmingly amazing hitter to begin with?

4 thoughts on “Jorge Posada, and why I don’t give a shit”

  1. I know stats are not terribly important to you Jeff when providing analysis on baseball but to say Posada hasn’t been an overwhelmingly amazing hitter is not a strong opinion. There’s more to hitting than batting average.

    If you’re saying he’s not Albert Pujols or Alex Rodriguez, then sure, but I don’t think that’s your point. His career OPS is .852 (excellent for most positions and still very good for a 1B or DH) and over the last two seasons it was .848.

    For comparison, AL DH’s have a collective .745 OPS this season and it was in .758 in 2010. His .848 mark the last two seasons would have been well above average if he were DH’ing.

  2. the “I just needed a day” excuse by Posada is utter bullshit.

    he didn’t “need a day” till he saw he was 9th in the order.

  3. Only ESPN can continue to top themselves seemingly every new week with the way they cover sports. This Posada “story” is only the latest, and I’m sure next week will see something even better (I’m thinking “Tim Tebow manages to lead player workouts plus build schools for the needy by bare hand all at the same time” is probably next week’s). A 40 year old catcher, bound to eventually run out of time with his body and skill, opts out of a game and while most of us expect it to be covered simply because it is the YANKEES we also hope that one day something like this will not be broadcasted like World War III is approaching….non stop for three straight days. And counting. As usual almost everyone laughs at ESPN, but that’s what sports now has come to hasn’t it? Ripping ESPN has become the 5th major sport. And bonus this league is year round with no offseason.

  4. “It’s like we’re really bored with our own lives, and we need to be entertained by the misdeeds of others.”

    Judging by any random sample of Facebook and Twitter posts, we’re more wrapped up in ourselves than ever before.

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