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January 25, 2012

Yesterday was a big news day in Yankeeland, which may have been slightly overshadowed by the mind-boggling nine-year contract the Tigers handed to Prince Fielder and the speech some dude made somewhere.

Most notably, there were two significant departures.

First, Jorge Posada retired. I’m really going to miss him. He was a fantastic part of the team, adding a ton of real grit and emotion to what can be a pretty cold-blooded organization at times. One of the memorable moments to me was when Jorge got pissed off that Fox was embedding tiny cameras into the field in front of home plate during the playoffs. What did he do? He stepped on them and smushed them into the turf. Fox wasn’t so happy:

“What we do with our cameras is no concern of his,” Webb said. “Posada should worry about catching. What he did (Tuesday night) was strictly bush.” On Tuesday night, Posada entered Webb’s domain during ALCS Game 1. The catcher decided to cover DiamondCam – two dime-size cameras buried in front of home plate (where the dirt cutout meets the grass) – with dirt. An inning later, Posada emphatically shook his finger at a Fox technician before kicking more dirt on the camera. Then, with the foot action of someone putting out a cigarette, Posada ground it farther into ground.

Another huge impact of Jorge’s retirement is that we will hear fewer (although not none) of the classic “Hip-Hip-Jorge” chants at the Stadium, as well as fewer of my own personal favorite “Whore-Hey” call and response. It was a damn good run.

The second departure that was announced is that Kim Jones is leaving the YES Yankees telecasts:

“It was a terrific seven years, especially when I didn’t know if I’d make it through the first one, and neither did anyone else,” she said, laughing. “It was filled with highlights and moments that only the Yankees can provide. I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity at YES.”

This sucks. Kim Jones is awesome. NoMaas suggests bringing in former Sox reporter Heidi Watney, who’s also a free agent. Well, that might ease the pain a bit. Good luck to Kim. She wasn’t even around long enough for us to make up a chant for her.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. GENE permalink
    January 25, 2012 9:58 am

    Jorge cared. If the whole team cared like him – the Yanks would have won the last 14 World Series. That can’t be replaced. Now what ?

  2. jco permalink
    January 25, 2012 10:47 am

    He was definitely the heart of the team. I just cannot imagine Jorge in retirement. He seemed so depressed even being a DH. What’s he going to do, go read the paper at Dunkin’ Donuts?

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