Like sweat and pain, anonymity comes with the job. It really doesn’t matter that he spends half his life behind a mask. He wouldn’t get noticed anyway. It will always be about Derek Jeter or Mariano Rivera or Hideki Matsui or Johnny Damon or maybe just another Alex Rodriguez rumor.
But Jorge Posada – the toughest ballplayer in the world – doesn’t seem to mind the background.
He came out of Yankee Stadium one day last year with his son. The crowd gathered around the players’ gate yelled: “Jorge!”
Jorge, the best catcher in baseball, gave his usual quick smile and wave and kept walking. Jorge, the 7-year-old son of the best catcher in baseball, stopped to face the crowd, flashed a toothy grin and waved both hands.
The crowd let out another: “Jorge!”
The best catcher in baseball spun around and laughed before pleading with his son to hurry. “We’re gonna be late for dinner...”
Up went another: “Jorge!”
The younger Posada kept waving as his father scooped him up.
It was just another day in the background for the best catcher in baseball.