First things first: It never ends well with superstars.
Jorge Posada might not be Derek Jeter, but he's a member of the Core Four, a borderline Hall of Fame candidate, a proud Yankee since 1996. No matter how club officials treat him, his tenure with the team is not likely to end smoothly, or happily. Particularly if he keeps hitting .165.
That said, the Yankee dramas keep getting unnecessarily messy. Jeter bristled at the way the team handled his free-agent negotiations last winter. Now Posada is experiencing his own form of disconnect with both manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman.
For all the he-said, she-said that went on Saturday night, no one is completely right or completely wrong. The whole thing, though, just makes you want to scream. Posada asked out of the lineup about an hour before the game. Not cool. The Yankees reacted by intimating that he had breached his contract. Not appropriate.
This all should have been settled behind closed doors, with everyone getting on the same page, getting their stories straight. Instead, Posada expressed frustration that Cashman discussed the situation during the game both with reporters in the press box and in an interview that I conducted with the GM on MLB on Fox.
"That's the way he works now," Posada sneered.
Girardi, meanwhile, said that he didn't have time to engage in a prolonged conversation with Posada. A last-minute scramble ensued once Posada informed the manager that he needed a day off, and Girardi had to turn to Andruw Jones as a replacement.
Fair enough -- Girardi was busy preparing for the game. But if Posada was in such a fragile emotional state, why didn't Girardi know it beforehand? It's the manager's job to take the daily pulse of all of his players.