From Peter Abraham -
Posada is one of the main reasons the Yankees are 59-40 and leading the American League wild-card race.
“I don’t know where we would be without him,” Torre said. “It’s like he discovered something.”
More like somebody. When the Yankees hired Tony Pena as their first base coach, they also found a mentor for Posada.
Pena and Posada had only a nodding acquaintance before this season. But by the second week of spring training, they had become friends.
“He’s been so positive with me,” Posada said. “Tony is an old fox. He’s seen everything, he knows everybody. He understands the position and he understands me. He knows how I’m feeling and what my point of view is.”
Pena worked Posada hard during spring training, getting him to lose five pounds in the belief that it would improve his reflexes behind the plate. Posada had gotten heavier the year before, adding muscle during the winter to try and combat age.
“Looking back on it, I made a mistake,” he said. “I’m better off when I’m a little lighter.”
“I didn’t know him until I got here but I look at him like he’s one of my sons now,” Pena said.
I guess Girardi couldn’t connect with Jorge. I’m glad that Pena was able to make the connection. Posada has been huge for New York this year.