Jorge Posada ended his 16-year major league career with the New York Yankees in 2011, documenting it in his biography, The Journey Home: My Life in Pinstripes.
As expected, it’s a touching and insightful memoir, starting from Posada’s days in Puerto Rico with a father who primed him for a successful career at a young age, and ending with his final goodbye years later in the Bronx stadium that had become his home.
The most notable moments for me are those where he mentions his relationship with his teammates in pinstripes. There is a genuine sense of a family they began to build as, despite constant changes in the roster resulting from trades and retirement, Posada and some of the greatest players in Yankee history worked and travelled together. There was never a doubt, however, that even with the close bond, there were multiple ups and downs at home and on the field—not to mention, countless hours of training and hard work.
Much of the second half of the biography focuses on the 2000-2011 seasons. The former player outlines specific wins and losses, the continued drive for success he never relinquished, and how he made the decision to move on to another chapter by announcing his retirement at the end of the 2011 season.
His number, the infamous #20, was officially retired a year later.
I couldn’t help but smile when Posada, now 43, talks about the beginnings of the Core Four (Posada, Andy Pettite, Derek Jeter, and Mariano Rivera) and, in particular, the brother he eventually found in Jeter.
A detailed examination of his childhood, young adulthood, and ultimately accolade-filled major league career is enhanced by a 16-page spread of photographs featuring Posada’s nearest and dearest, along with World Series moments.
Overall, it’s a great snapshot into the life and career of a man who, by his own admission, was never very open about his personal life until this point. I thoroughly enjoyed it.