Jorge Posada dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Thursday to discuss, among other topics, his new book, The Journey Home: My Life in Pinstripes. The book details Posada’s upbringing, his personal journey form San Juan to the Bronx, and his 17-year career with the New York Yankees.
“It’s a book that tells a lot of the stories behind the scenes,” Posada said in studio on Tiki and Tierney. “I wanted the fans to get to know me a little better. It’s not a controversial book. People are making it out to be a controversial book, but it’s not at all. I’m happy with it. There’s a lot of things (in there). We went through everything and we tried to make sure that every detail was taken care of.”
Posada endeavored to give readers details that went beyond stats and box scores.
“We play every day, and there’s reporters every day and you try to answer questions about the game,” Posada said. “This is a little bit more family, a little bit more behind the scenes. I think people are going to enjoy it.”
Posada, believe it or not, said he wasn’t a very good baseball player growing up. He said he wasn’t the kid who always stood out, but he got drafted. The result was five All-Star appearances, five Silver Slugger Awards and four World Series championships.
Still, it hasn’t been all roses and daises in New York. Posada reportedly clashed with Joe Girardi – both when Girardi was a bench coach in 2005 and when he became manager in 2008 until Posada retired in 2011.
“It’s good,” Posada said of his relationship with the Yankees. “I try to talk to Joe every once in awhile in spring training and stuff like that. Obviously he hasn’t seen the book. I just hope that we can keep that relationship that we had before. I wish back then I would have communicated with him a little bit more. It takes two people to mess things up, and I think I messed it up, too.”
The Yankees, who have missed the playoffs each of the last two years, are 21-14 and atop the AL East entering play May 14.
“They’re doing very well,” Posada said. “They’re pitching very well. They have a hell of a bullpen like we used to (have back in the day). They’re doing everything to win ball games and that’s what you want. Obviously there’s a lot of kids that are coming up and it’s a good feeling to see the kids in spring training doing well and getting some at-bats. Kids are helping when they need it.”
While Alex Rodriguez is certainly not a kid, he’s been a key piece in New York’s lineup this year. The 39-year-old has eight home runs, 20 RBIs and a .351 OBP. Posada, however, made headlines this week when he said that Rodriguez and other PED users do not belong in the Hall of Fame. That’s a valid opinion, but why not say that when you were actually playing with the guy and games were being won?
“We did not know it was going on,” Posada said. “When people were taking drugs and steroids and stuff like that, it wasn’t like people were doing it in front of you. People were doing it behind the scenes. It was just one of those things that you heard about it later. My feelings toward Alex, I love the guy. And I think the guy’s doing an amazing job this year of trying to play the game that he loves and he looks like he’s super happy playing the game he loves. He went through a lot this year. I’m happy for him because he looks like he’s in a good place.”
Posada said he doesn’t know when – or if – the Hall of Fame voters’ stance on PED users will soften.
“I think it’s going to take time,” Posada said. “Time will tell. I have no idea what’s going to happen 10 years from now, so we will see. I have no idea.”