It never ends with the Yankees, especially when it concerns one of the remaining “Core Three” players.
Just two days after Jorge Posada pulled himself out of the lineup for no good reason other than a bruised ego, Derek Jeter found himself in hot water for voicing his support for the 39-year-old catcher-turned-DH.
Seems Yankees management feels a team captain should not be exonerating any player whose actions work against his team. According to an ESPN.com report Monday, sources indicated the front office was “surprised and frustrated” by the 36-year-old shortstop’s friendly words for a player he regards as a brother during an extended interview Sunday.
“It’s not the first time a player asked out of a lineup,” Jeter said. “[Manager] Joe [Girardi] says if you feel like you need a day, let him now. It’s understandable. I need a day right now.”
He added that Posada owed no apologies to his teammates.
Ironically, Posada thought his own actions egregious enough to issue a mea culpa to Girardi Sunday. Posada did not start what became the Yankees’ fifth straight loss, but he did draw a pinch-hit walk against the Red Sox.
Jeter, of course, drew general manager Brian Cashman’s wrath during their offseason contract negotiations.
Might be time for 41-year-old Mariano Rivera to speak up, if only to make the old-timers party complete.