As the Yankees were expanding their lead to double digits, Jorge Posada was searching for a fielder's glove and chirping away at Joe Girardi, determined to get in the wild game.
"He said, 'If we get two more runs, I'm going out there,' " Girardi said. "There was no one happier when Curtis [Granderson] hit that grand slam."
Posada played second base in the ninth inning of the 22-9 win, his first appearance at the position in the majors. He played second for Class A Oneonta in 1991 before becoming a catcher.
Of course, the final grounder of the game went right to him. He fielded it cleanly but double-clutched and threw a one-hop laser to Nick Swisher, who had moved to first from rightfield. Swisher stretched, snared the ball and managed to avoid being killed by the throw, no easy feat.
"I threw it too hard. I just got super-excited," he said. "That tells you right there why they moved me behind the plate."
For all the negatives of Posada's season, he seemed genuinely pleased to be able to trot out to second in a blowout win and get a rousing ovation from the Yankee Stadium crowd. "With everything Jorge has done for this organization and what he's been through this year," Girardi said, "it was hard to say no."