Told he’d be riding the bench in favor of Jose Molian prior to Friday’s Game 2 of the ALDS against Minnesota, Yankee catcher Jorge Posada famously declared, “I just hope we win that game. That’s all. That’s all I’ve got to say.” Perhaps chastened by the display of team spirit, today’s starter, P A.J. Burnett would like everyone to know that pissing all over Posada’s glittering postseason resume…was Joe Girardi’s idea! From the Bergen-Record’s Steve Popper :
“It’s making me out to be the bad guy again,” said Burnett, stopping to talk on his way off the field from the pregame workout Wednesday. “It comes down to Boston when I said, ‘Why, why, why?’ But over my career, I’ve done that a handful of times.
“But if you ask people who I played with, I don’t show guys up. I’m upset with me for so many times in the past; I’ve struck him out with a curveball in that situation. And it’s just ever since things got blown out “ we have a great relationship.
“Inside the clubhouse, on the field and like you mentioned, I’ve even gone to Joe in the past and said, ‘Hey, give me either one.’ It’s his decision. And obviously Jorge’s upset. He’s a big part of this team. He’s a leader on and off the field, and hopefully his mind will be right to get in there and get a pinch hit when the time comes.”
“I’ve thrown to both guys. I’ve thrown good to both,” he said. “My good games, I’m right. And my bad games, it’s not the catcher. It’s me. People don’t know me here, so they don’t know how to take me, but when I’m good, it doesn’t matter which one’s behind the plate.”