The nature of my job is, I'll frequently be at a ballgame but not really be focusing on the game. Usually in those instances, it's because some pre-game news has superceded the game itself.
Here's my column on Posada.
Posada is one of the first players I got to know while doing this job. I first got to know him when he was Joe Girardi's backup on the 1997 Yankees. Whenever people ask me which players with whom I enjoy speaking, Posada is one of the first names I mention.
But (you knew there'd be a "but") man, I can't think of a way to defend Posada for what went down last night. The Yankees feel like he quit on them, on a night they were trying to beat Josh Beckett and the Red Sox, and Posada offered neither a passionate nor a particularly coherent defense of his actions following the game.
No, Posada seemed more focused on the fact that Brian Cashman made an announcement concerning Posada's withdrawal, and he wasn't the only one. This action by Cashman seemed to draw a lot of criticism on Twitter and on WFAN, during my drive home.
What's up with that? Why is that so offensive on Cashman's part? It's not like Cashman helps the Yankees with scouting reports during the game. Seriously, I don't get it. Help me out.
My guess is that cooler heads prevail Sunday, after a night's rest. But there's obvious tension between Posada and Cashman - and Posada and Girardi, too - and I'm not sure that's going to disappear any time soon. What a shame it would be if Posada wound up released.
Derek Jeter, meanwhile, has to appreciate that his words Sunday will be eagerly anticipated. How will he balance his two values of being a good friend to Posada and never saying anything remotely interesting?
-- Freddy Garcia will start tonight for the Yankees as they attempt to end their four-game losing streak.
-- R.A. Dickey got shelled as the Mets lost in Houston. It's amazing how good Dickey looked during his first start of the season, in Miami, and how bad he has looked since. It seemed unrealistic to think he could duplicate his 2010 season, and so far, the knuckleballer is making his skeptics look smart.
-- Carlos Beltran sat out Saturday with a swollen right eye.
-- Anthony Rieber wrote about this absolutely hilarious escape by a fan during Friday night's Mets-Astros game.
-- For my Sunday Insider, I spoke with Indians general manager Chris Antonetti about the blossoming, finally, of Matt LaPorta and Michael Brantley, two of the players Cleveland acquired from Milwaukee in the CC Sabathia trade. Antonetti spoke about how, as much as the Indians liked Sabathia, the front office didn't yearn for him these past two and a half seasons. The Indians didn't look at LaPorta and compare him to Sabathia in any way.
I compared this situation to what the Mets could be facing if they trade Jose Reyes. One difference, though: The Indians just couldn't afford to retain Sabathia. The Mets could afford to keep Reyes, if they had stable ownership. That, they don't have.
The Insider also has items about Garcia and Mike Carp.
-- The great Paul Lukas had a good piece a few days ago about the origin of the Mets' black uniforms.
-- It's been a while since we live-chatted, hasn't it? We've got one coming up Thursday at 2. Consider this your advance notice. Although I'll probably also plug it every day this week, leading up to the chat.
-- Have a great day. I'll check in before the game if there's more movement on the Posada story.
--UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: You probably know by now that there is relative peace here with the Yankees. Posada apologized to Joe Girardi and spoke honestly and openly (or so it seemed) with the media about why he did what he did, and how much he regretted it.
Girardi, for what it's worth, also was more open than usual. He spoke about the unique dynamic of his relationship with Posda, who took his catching job with the Yankees way back when.
Cashman? He, too, expressed happiness and hope that the Yankees could put this matter behind them. He and Posada still have to speak, to iron out some of their differences. But to be honest, it's inessential that a player and general manager have great affection for one another. As long as they share the same goals.
I'd be very, very surprised if the Yankees tried to discipline Posada any further. Posada seems to realize what he did and appears very regretful.
More on this whole situation tomorrow morning.
--UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: The Yankees just announced that Posada met with Cashman and cleared the air, and there indeed will be no discipline.