Yankees News: Jorge Posada ‘Honored’ to have Number Retired


Jorge Posada doesn’t belittle the true value of having his No. 20 retired by the New York Yankees and officially joining Monument Park on Aug. 22, 2015.

“When you think of the people who have had the number retired, you think of [Babe] Ruth, [Joe] DiMaggio and [Mickey] Mantle, and I will be right next to them. I am very honored,’’ Posada said Wednesday night in an interview with George King III. “You never think about what if. … It’s one of those things you don’t prepare for. I would like to thank the Steinbrenner family and Debbie Tymon and her team.’’

Deborah Tymon, the Yankees Senior Vice President of Marketing, broke the news to Posada over the weekend.

“I was on the field with Jorge [his son] when Debbie called and said the Steinbrenner family wanted to honor me,’’ said Posada, who was coaching his son on the JV Baseball team over at Gulliver Prep in Miami. “I called my wife, my dad and my mom. When you think about it, nobody will ever wear that number again.’’

Andy Pettitte, fellow teammate and member of the Core Four alongside Posada, will have No. 46 retired on Aug. 23, just one day after Jorge Posada. Bernie Williams, a big part of the last Yankees championship dynasty, will have his No. 51 retired on May 24.

With two members of the Core Four set being honored on the same weekend, it figures to be a busy time for the Posada, who started his baseball journey at Calhoun Community College in Decatur, Alabama, as a switch-hitting second baseman with a strong arm… go figure.

According to King, Posada’s retirement weekend will be headlined by a party hosted by his baseball agents, Seth and Sam Levinson, of ACES.

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“I talked to Sam and he was excited about it and said, ‘We have to throw a party for you,’ ” said Posada, who played all 17 seasons with the Yankees, has five World Series championship rings and was a five-time All Star. “I said, ‘Whatever you want to do is fine with me.’ It’s going to be a great [weekend] with Andy going the next day.’’

In his first year of retirement Derek Jeter doesn’t figure to be a frequent visitor to Yankee Stadium, but Posada, his close friend, will make every effort to have him on hand.

“If I have to drag him there I will,’’ Posada said.


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