In what was a nice touch to Jorge Posada’s retirement ceremony, Diana Munson was invited and helped pay tribute to a competitor that greatly resembled her late husband Thurman, a down-and-dirty gamer who served as team captain and on-field general during his 11 seasons as a Yankees catcher. Munson’s heart and courage warmed fans to his gruff exterior. He played the game right and played with passion, just like Posada did throughout his 17-season career.
Munson recalled the first time she met Posada. Appearing nervous, Posada introduced himself and told her about a clipping of a quote from Thurman that he keeps in his locker. Diana didn’t believe him, but Posada said he was telling the truth. Then Posada got up and left, which left Diana wondering if he had taken offense to her surprise reaction to such an honor. Two minutes later Posada returned and showed her a picture of Thurman in full gear. Below the photo were words spoken on August 25, 1975.
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