Posada sat at a dais flanked by his wife and his children, Jorge
Jr. and Paulina. To his right were the five world championship
trophies that Posada helped the Yankees win. Jeter, closer Mariano
Rivera, ace CC Sabathia and Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner were
among those in attendance.
After Posada finished his opening statement, Diana Munson, the
widow of Yankees great Thurman Munson, spoke. She credited Posada
for inspiring her to watch baseball again. Posada had considered
Thurman Munson, who died in 1979 when the plane he was piloting
crashed in Ohio, a hero.
Diana Munson said she now has loved two Yankees catchers in
One of the all-time greats, a class act, and one of the most emotional players I’ve ever seen.