NEW YORK (PIX11)—It's official. Yankee catcher Jorge Posada has retired. The 5 time world champ announced he's calling it quits during a news conference at the stadium with teammates Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, C.C. Sabathia and others along with members of the organization and fans standing by. In an emotional moment Posada told the crowd " I could never wear another uniform.
Being a part of 7 world series, winning 5 rings, is more than I dreamed of. It's priceless. I will forever be a Yankee."
But the common strain running throughout the announcement was family, his family and the Yankee family. Yankee hero Thurman Munson's widow Dianna tugged at the heart speaking of how she lost interest in baseball after her husband died in a plane crash. She said meeting Jorge reignited her love of baseball. " Jorge is the one. He and Thurman would have been best buds. He has the it factor. Yankee fans are sad today as we all are.. Diana Munson said "I know he'll go on to do wonderful things. I am honored to have loved two Yankee catchers in my life."
The five time world champ also had high praise for his family saying to wife Laura, " You have been my rock and my strength and Jorge Jr. and Paulina you always make me smile! I love you."
Posada says he has no immediate plans to pursue coaching or continue in baseball in some other capacity. He says for now he plans to do something he has never done before. Spend a summer enjoying his wife and kids.