Jorge Posada apologizes for disparaging comments about Alex Rodriguez
Jorge Posada took to the radio waves Thursday to apologize for unflattering comments he made about Alex Rodriguez in which he disparaged his former New York Yankees teammate’s Hall of Fame credentials.
Posada, who ripped A-Rod during an interview Wednesday on “CBS This Morning,” insisted on WFAN’s “Boomer & Carton” radio program that he felt pressured into suggesting Rodriguez doesn’t belong in the Baseball Hall of Fame due to his PED use.
“I tried to text him yesterday,” Posada said of Rodriguez, as transcribed in a CBS New York report. “I feel like I was cornered into this answer. I know better. I was really caught off-guard.”
Rodriguez elected to take the high road when asked about Posada’s condemnatory comments, saying, he still considers his former teammate a friend.
“I have nothing bad to say about Georgie,” Rodriguez said ahead of Wednesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Yankees designated hitter added he expects no awkwardness when Posada’s jersey is retired at Yankee Stadium later this season.
“We’ll keep it simple,” he said. “Keep it light.”
Posada, meanwhile, continued his mea culpa Thursday on the radio show by indicating he’s happy that Rodriguez appears to have gotten his career back on track after serving a one-season exile.
“Alex I’m happy for — I mean, I love the guy,” he continued. “I care for him.”
The former Yankees catcher, who is on a press tour to promote his new book, said he regrets his comments while arguing the response he provided during the interview was somewhat coaxed out of him.
“He knows how I feel about him,” Posada said. “And I would like to — if I caused him anything, I would like to apologize. … I felt like the guy kept pushing towards that response, and I should have known better.”