• Mo Opens ALDS

    Posted by on October 1st, 2011 · Comments (8)

    Via Bryan Hoch -

    Ceremonial first pitches for postseason games at Yankee Stadium are usually in the realm of greats from the history books, mixing in the likes of Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford with more recent additions like Reggie Jackson and Bernie Williams.

    On Friday, the Yankees took an even more glossy page from their recent history, inviting two active players to take part. All-time postseason saves leader Mariano Rivera lobbed a toss from the mound to Jorge Posada, dressed in his full catching gear.

    The Yankees wanted another moment to honor Rivera, who owns a staggering 42 saves in the playoffs and this year surpassed Trevor Hoffman (601) for the all-time regular-season lead as well. But it was also a nod to Posada, the longtime “Key Three” backstop who was supplanted as the starting catcher this year by Russell Martin and bumped to the role of designated hitter.

    Posada did get behind the plate for one game this year, making an emergency appearance on Sept. 10 in Anaheim when Martin suffered an injury, but he has also strapped on his chest protector and shin guards to receive another ceremonial first pitch this season. That was on June 27, when the Yankees hosted an emotional sendoff for retiring head athletic trainer Gene Monahan at Yankee Stadium.

    I totally missed this – maybe because I was flipping back and forth between YES and TBS before the first pitch. Nice touch by the Yankees.

    Comments on Mo Opens ALDS

    1. Raf
      October 1st, 2011 | 7:54 am

      “Key Three”?

      jeez… :-/

    2. clintfsu813
      October 1st, 2011 | 8:01 am

      What’s it gonna be next year when Sada leaves? The Shrewd Two? (Just came up with that) :D

    3. October 1st, 2011 | 8:35 am

      The Dynamic Duo.

      BTW, it’s ‘Sado and not ‘Sada.

      http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/19/how-jorge-became-sado/

    4. clintfsu813
      October 1st, 2011 | 9:10 am

      Whatevs ;)

    5. Raf
      October 1st, 2011 | 9:47 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      BTW, it’s ‘Sado and not ‘Sada.

      Must be Clint’s southern accent :D

    6. Jim TreshFan
      October 1st, 2011 | 11:19 am

      I believe “The Key Three” is a Kay-ism. As far as next year is concerned I’d prefer “The Glue Two” or, better perhaps, “The True Two,” given the fact that Jeter and Rivera are the only regulars to have played in pinstipes from 1996 straight through.

    7. Evan3457
      October 1st, 2011 | 11:27 am

      The Blue Two? The Clue Two? The Coup Two? The Do Two? The Glue Two? The Outdo Two? The Renew Two? The Subdue Two? The True Two? The Value Two? The Virtue Two?

      The New Two, The Debut Two, and The Breakthrough Two…not terribly apt here.

      I got lots of rhymin’ words…The Sioux Two, The Nehru Two, The Muumuu Two, The Jackscrew Two, The Beaucoup Two….

      Hmmm…maybe…The Statue Two.

      Nope, that doesn’t work, either. I dunno.

    8. redbug
      October 1st, 2011 | 11:31 am

      This was a nice gesture for both of them, but it would’ve been better if Girardi had let Posada catch Mo’s 602nd.

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