"I tried to text him yesterday," Posada said of Rodriguez during an appearance on WFAN. "I feel like I was cornered into this answer. I know better. I was really caught off-guard. He knows how I feel about him," Posada continued. "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."
Posada had said in an interview on Wednesday morning with "CBS This Morning" that PED users, including former teammate Rodriguez, should be kept out of Cooperstown (CBS New York, May 13).
"The guys that need to be in the Hall of Fame need to be a player that played with no controversy" said Posada on Wednesday.
Posada had a 17-year career and played a vital part in four World Series Championship seasons with the Yankees. He was named to five all-star teams and finished third in the 2003 American League MVP voting. The winner that year? A-Rod. His interview revealed he has still not forgotten that footnote.
"I was almost there," said Posada, who hit a career-high 30 home runs and had 101 RBI in ’03. "What could have happened if, you know — it’s tough. It’s really tough."
Christopher Carelli, SNY.TV:
When Posada’s comments about Rodriguez and Clemens were published, I was pleased to hear a former player – a teammate no less – speak his mind. Whether we agree or not with what Posada said, he stated his opinion and that should be respected.
However, this apology is bogus in my view. Posada’s PR team obviously wanted to nip this in the bud before book sales took a hit.
Rodriguez is enjoying a resurgence among fans in the likability department, but that doesn’t mean Posada or anyone else should backtrack from comments questioning the Hall of Fame worthiness of A-Rod or any other PED users.
SNY.tv’s Christopher Carelli is the founder of Yankees Unscripted, a site devoted to narrative-free commentary about the New York Yankees. Follow Christopher on Twitter, @Chris_Carelli, for up to the minute coverage of the team.