Jorge Posada has retired, but he'll still be visible at Yankees Stadium this season. Or at least he will during the team's home opener.
The Yankees announced Wednesday that Posada will become the 11th former Yankee to throw the first pitch at the club's home opener, on Friday afternoon when the Yankees meet the Los Angeles Angels. The 39-year old former catcher retired in January after 17 seasons with the Yankees.
The organization announced that gates will open at 11 a.m. with pre-game festivities beginning at 12:40 p.m. Posada's first pitch will follow shortly after at 1:05 p.m.
If Mariano Rivera is correct, fans should brace themselves for waterworks.
"I think he's going to be all kinds of emotional, knowing Jorge," Rivera said as quoted by the team's press release. "At the same time, he'll be happy. We'll be happy; I will be happy to see him. I haven't seen him since his retirement. It will be nice to see him. I think the fans will be happy to see him again."