A Posada-Less Jeter At Spring Training

February 24th, 2012 by Jane Heller

Photo: AP

It must be weird for Jeet to be in Tampa without his best bud. He and JoPo not only came up in the farm system together. They ate every meal together, went for coffee together, hung out. When I was on the road for the “She-Fan” book in ’07, I used to see them all the time. They were nearly inseparable.

So it was only natural that the writers would ask The Captain at today’s press conference how it felt to be Posada-less. Via Lohud:

“It’s awkward. I think that’s the better way to put it, just because you’re so used to seeing someone. With Andy, he was the dumb one of the group that left and went to Houston for a few years. We sorta got used to him not being here. Jorge, probably it hasn’t hit me yet. In spring training, pitchers and catchers are on a different schedule anyway, so you really don’t see people too often. That’ll be a tough one, because as everyone knows, we were together all the time. But yeah, it is kinda weird when you’re used to playing with someone. I’ve played with these guys since I’ve been 18 years old. When they’re not there, it’s kinda awkward. But you’ve got to move on. You have no choice.”

I loved his quip about Pettitte. The “dumb one.” LOL. What’s he going to say next season when Mo’s gone too?

I know, I know. I’m getting way ahead of myself.

Meanwhile, with the position players in camp today (most of them), it feels like baseball for real. Yay.



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4 Responses to “A Posada-Less Jeter At Spring Training”

  1. Corinne says:

    You might enjoy an article on the NY Times web site today, called “The Damned Yankees: The Yankees of Mediocrity Had Their Own Strange Charisma,” by Dan Barry. His story brings all my Yankee nostalgia to the surface (not that it’s ever far away), as your writing did for me several years ago. He brings back all the names: Horace Clarke, Ruben Amaro, Celerino Sanchez, Dooley Womack. Although a couple of years younger than me, I think we lived through the same experience.

  2. Jane Heller says:

    I enjoyed that story too, Corinne. It did bring back a lot of memories with all those names from the past (Roger Repoz!). For anyone who hasn’t seen the article, here’s the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/26/sports/baseball/the-yankees-of-mediocrity-had-their-own-strange-charisma.html?_r=1&ref=global

  3. Emma says:

    18 years old! Wow! That means this year will be 20 years. I know his bday is two days b4 mine. Is going to funny not having Kuo with the Dodgers, he was with the team since 1999. Also not having Kuroda. Kershaw said that he will miss him and that he is going to need another running partner, you know when the Pitchers do their running on the field.
    I won another book at the Baseball Reliquary. “Bat Boy: My True Life Adventures Coming of Age with the New York Yankees by Matthew McGough. Matthew was there as part of the audience with his two little cute boys. He will have a book signing in an upcoming Baseball Reliquary event.

  4. Jane Heller says:

    I remember your birthday is close to Jeter’s, Emma, because when I was at Dodger stadium for that game a couple of years ago you and Lady Jane sang Happy Birthday for the she-fan cam. Congrats on winning another book. I’m not planning to read that one so you’ll have to tell me how it is.