Posada pays tribute to Munson
Jorge Posada found his own small way to pay tribute to the memory of
Yankees captain Thurman Munson on Thursday, affixing a small No. 15 to
his catcher’s mask during New York’s 13-6 win over the Red Sox.
The gesture came as the Yankees played their first home game
following the 30th anniversary of Munson’s tragic death in an Aug. 2,
1979, plane crash.
“I just wanted to give a little tribute,” Posada said. “Thurman
is special to me. It’s one night; hopefully I don’t get fined for that.
I just wanted to let everyone know I was thinking about it.”
Posada used the same numeric decals that adorn his batting and
catching helmets, with No. 20 displayed on the brim. He placed Munson’s
retired digits on the mask padding near his right cheek, opposite a
He said that he has spoken with many of Munson’s former
teammates — Ron Guidry, Goose Gossage and the late Bobby Murcer among
them — during Yankees Spring Training camps about what kind of man he
“Great teammate,” Posada said. “That’s all they talked about, a great
teammate and a guy that really wanted to be out there every day. Nobody
loved playing the game more than him. It was good to hear those