A somewhat meaningless September game for the Yankees, with Chad Gaudin on the mound starting for New York, against a poorly performing Toronto Blue Jays squad, to be played on fake grass…well…I could go on…but…if you watched all of this game, from the first pitch to the last, without missing any action in between, pat yourself on the back…because you are the committed Yankees fan in the world.
At one point, in this one, it was looking like that Adam Lind liner off Alfredo Aceves in the bottom of the sixth, right at Melky Cabrera, to end that frame might have been one of the key moments in this contest. However, Jason Frasor’s meltdown for Toronto in the ninth, after two outs, made that point moot. And, in the end, for me, the talking points from this game come out of the performances of Brian Bruney and Jorge Posada.
If Brian Bruney cannot be trusted to close out a 5-run lead in a low-pressure game such as this one…then he has no business being on the Yankees post-season roster this year. And, if New York has the cojones to exclude him from play in October…boy…won’t it be interesting to see Bruney’s reaction.
On a more positive note. How about Jorge Posada? That big fly in the 9th inning gives him 8 seasons now with 20+ homeruns. The only catchers in baseball history with 8+ seasons of 20+ homers are Carlton Fisk (8), Gary Carter (9), Yogi Berra (10), and Johnny Bench and Mike Piazza (11 each). And, all of those aforementioned backstops are in Cooperstown or will be, soon.
I’m beginning to think that Posada may find himself in the Hall of Fame as well – someday. I see it going down like this: After retirement, there will be a lot of talk, comparing him to Gabby Hartnett, while Jorge is on the writer’s ballot. But, Posada won’t be voted in by the BBWAA. It will be after Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter are elected to the Hall by the BBWAA, that Posada will get into Cooperstown, via the Veterans Committee…assisted by Jeter’s and Rivera’s lobbying. It will probably happen around the year 2035. In the meantime, all Jorge will have to do is keep his nose clean for the next 27 years. And, at the same time, New York should be careful not to give out #20 to any player who potentially might turn out to be a superstar player…as they may have to retire that puppy when Posada heads to the Hall.