Posada relishes 1,000th career RBIVeteran catcher 12th player to reach milestone with Yanks
By Tim Britton / MLB.com
07/24/10 12:47 AM ETNEW YORK -- Jorge Posada knew right away. Before the play was even over, before he even slid into second, he knew.
"I called for the ball before sliding into second," said Posada.
Posada, you see, is as aware as any Yankee of the team's history, and when he ripped a double down the right-field line in the first inning on Friday night, he knew right away that he had further established his standing in it. The double scored Robinson Cano from second and gave the catcher his 1,000th RBI as a Yankee.
Only 11 other players who have called the Bronx home can claim that accomplishment.
"That's unbelievable," fellow backstop Francisco Cervelli said. "Every catcher wants to do the same thing. Everybody has a special ability, and he can hit, man. He can hit."
"The dude hits," starter A.J. Burnett said more succinctly.
Posada is just as aware of his position in catching history as his one in Yankees lore. He was quick to rattle off the other catchers whose company he joined.
"Bench, Fisk, Carter, Pudge," he said. "Three-hundred fifty doubles, 250 home runs, 1,000 RBIs. There's only five. It's a special accomplishment. I'm happy."
Posada joined teammate Derek Jeter (1,113) as one of two active Yanks with more than 1,000 RBIs. He is one of three Yankees catchers to reach that mark, along with Yogi Berra (1,430) and Bill Dickey (1,209).
Whereas other catchers have switched positions as their offensive production declined in their older years, Posada has embraced the challenge of succeeding at the plate while still defending behind it.
"You're banged up every day, and there's a lot of things that can happen," he said. "It's a tough position, but I'm happy that I'm there."
Posada is one of 24 active players with 1,000 RBIs. He's only the second catcher on that list, behind Ivan Rodriguez (1,292). Posada reached the plateau in his 1,660th game as a Yankee.
Lou Gehrig is the club's all-time leader with 1,995 RBIs.
Tim Britton is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.