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Jorge Posada And The Veteran's Last Awkward Stand

Perpetually underrated New York Yankees ex-catcher Jorge Posada sat out of Saturday's game after being moved, designated hitter-role intact, to the ninth spot in the lineup following a .165/.272/.349 start to the season. Those peripherals might make the average sabr-friendly Yankees fan more optimistic than they'd be about the average .165 hitter, but the prognosis isn't excellent for a 39-year-old who's caught more than 1500 games in his career. I get all that—Posada might be done, after years of defying the odds, and he probably shouldn't have done whatever he appears to have done in avoiding Saturday's start. 

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What I don't get is the apparent glee with which sportswriters are reporting his "Pippen Moment", which in this case is not a crucial playoff game as the team's star but a mid-May game as the team's link to its glorious past. First: I would be stunned if this is a part of Posada's legacy 10 or even five years from now, provided he doesn't continue to sit games out for the rest of the season. Second: Why can't we see this as humanity and not some latent diva virus that's activated itself after a brilliant career spent as a constantly overrated star?

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Jorge Posada can't catch anymore. He might not be able to hit anymore. He's probably sad about it. Let's wait to judge our future judgments about one bad night. 

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