From Jim Baumbach (Newsday):
When Jeter was asked about a half hour ago if it’s going to be “weird” for him not having Posada behind the plate for a playoff game, he looked down and took several seconds to think of the right response.
“I mean it will be kind of awkward not having Jorge in the lineup,” Jeter said. Then he brought up how there were playoff games when Girardi caught, though clearly those were a decade ago.
Very strange response from the normally diplomatic and uninteresting Derek Jeter. While I’m sure he wishes he would have worded his reply differently since it’s surprisingly controversial, he was probably just trying to appease Jorge. In the end, this story continues to be overblown. What do you expect when CC pitches well in game 1 and A-Rod goes 2-for-4 and drives in 2 runs? There is a shortage of material to write about. The Posada-Molina-Burnett love triangle continues to be the story of the day. It then sets up more stories for tomorrow, especially if the Molina-Burnett duo implodes against the Twins.
(props to RAB)