Another Yankee acts his way to first
It happened again Tuesday night. For the second time in a week, a Yankees player cheated his way to first base. In the third inning Tuesday night, Yankees catcher Jorge Posada faked being hit on the foot off an 0-2 pitch in the dirt from Rays pitcher James Shields. Posada did a little dance and then started jogging to first and it wasn't until then that home-plate umpire Mike Everitt awarded him first. The play comes a week after Derek Jeter faked being hit on the arm by a pitch that hit his bat.
Of course, none of it turned out to matter Tuesday night. Posada, unlike Jeter, never scored and the Rays can't complain too much seeing as how they fell behind 5-0 in the first inning Tuesday and never caught up. Still, it seems like a cheap way to play the game. Most call it gamesmanship, a smart play. I stick to my theory that this is out-and-out cheating. The argument for gamesmanship, of course, is that the umpires should have caught it and it's not Posada's fault that the umpires fell for it. I say baloney. Where the ball hit, the umpire had no chance to see it clearly because there was a catcher's body in the way. Just like the Jeter incident, the umpire essentially relied on Posada's reaction. In the end, maybe Posada was doing the Rays favor considering how he seems to wear out their pitching when he does swing the bat. But I maintain this is bush-league baseball and I would feel the same if a Rays player did it.
Click here to watch the video. Even the Yankees announcers admitted Posada was never hit by the pitch.