As if this soap opera couldn’t have gotten any stranger, Monday morning it was reported by ESPN.com that the New York Yankees are "irked" by Derek Jeter injecting himself into the Jorge Posada situation over the weekend. Buster Olney reports:
And now there may be a Round 3 in the hours and days ahead, after Jeter essentially exonerated Posada from any wrongdoing, in his statements to reporters. According to sources, the club’s management was surprised and frustrated by what Jeter said — particularly in his standing as captain — even after Posada acknowledged that he was wrong in his actions Saturday and apologized to manager Joe Girardi.
So let’s get this straight. Posada did something wrong and said he had "a bad day". He apologized to his manager… but Jeter claims that Posada didn’t do anything wrong, and now the Yankees are upset with Jeter. Olney’s report says that at first, the Yankees were "so angry with what Posada did that they considered releasing the veteran immediately."
This isn’t the kind of angst the Yankees need right now, after being swept by the Red Sox in their home park and heading into a big series with the first-place Rays in Tampa. Stay tuned for the next episode of "As The Yankees Turn".