Prior to this weekend, only one member of the Core Four had his number retired by the Yankees and a plaque commemorating his success in Monument Park. And it’s no shock that member of the Core Four is future Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera. After today, Mariano Rivera’s plaque is finally going to have some company in Monument Park.
Prior to today’s game, the Yankees are going to honor former catcher Jorge Posada, by awarding him a plaque as well as retire his No. 20 jersey. Joe Girardi, who was Posada’s former teammate and then his manager, spoke about how it was going to be a great day at the stadium for Posada and his family, and he also mentioned how Posada always gave 110% whenever he took the field and caught behind the plate.
“I think it’s a wonderful day for the Posadas, Jorge and his family, and the fans,” Girardi said. “This is a kid that we all saw grow up in front of us (to) become a superstar. Someone that the fans could really relate to, brought a ton of passion and intensity to the game, an expectation of winning, played extremely hard, was tough. I think that’s what Yankee fans ask of their players. I think it will be a great day.”
Fans attending today’s game are instructed to be in their seats by noon for the festivities. Posada won four World Series Championships with the Yankees, was a five-time All-Star and a five-time Silver Slugger in his 17 year career with the Yankees.