Was Game 2 Jorge's final act at home?


Jorge Posada

Jorge Posada

#20 DH
New York Yankees

2011 STATS

  • GM115
  • HR14

  • RBI44

  • R34

  • OBP.315

  • AVG.235

Jorge Posada legged out a rare triple in the ninth inning of Game 2 on Sunday.

It was his first in 122 career playoff games.

Will it be the last thing he does in the Bronx as a Yankee?

If Jose Valverde has his way, it will be.

Posada is in the final season of a four-year, $52 million contract he signed prior to the 2008 season.

It is widely believed that the Yankees will let Posada walk after this season. They would probably make him a small offer if he wanted to return.

But Posada has talked openly about the possibility of playing elsewhere next season.

So with the Yankees and Tigers tied at 1-1 in the ALDS, it is possible that Posada played his last game in the Bronx on Sunday.

And if so, he went out in style.

Posada was the only Yankee Sunday to record a multi-hit game. He reached base three times and passed teammate and friend Bernie Williams for second place in the career postseason games played list (Derek Jeter is first at 149).

Through the first two games of the ALDS, Posada leads the Yankees with a .500 average.

"I feel comfortable," he said. "I'm taking pitches deepo in the count and working the count a little more."

Posada walked, singled in the seventh and tripled to center in the ninth. He later scored on Andruw Jones' sacrifice fly.

Asked about watching Posada, his longtime teammate, legging out a triple, Jeter said it was " scary at first. You could tell between first and second he wasn’t going to stop."

Posada didn't stop, sliding into third safely and later soaking in loud roars from the crowd in the Bronx.

The 40-year-old veteran has been getting the same response all year from fans in the Bronx. But Sunday in the ninth may have been their last opportunity to cheer him.

With the series tied at 1-1, Posada certainly wasn't ready to say his goodbyes. Even with the Yankees facing a tough spot -- Justin Verlander in Game 3, the specter of A.J. Burnett looming in Game 4 -- Posada remained optimistic.

"We just have to take it one day at a time. To tell you the truth we have a tough day tomorrow. But we’ve got CC on the mound and he gives us a chance to win," he said.