Two days after Posada asked out of the line-up, and one day after Posada apologized, anonymous "team sources" have informed the Daily News that Posada not simply asked out of the line-up but off the team. Not only that, but he did so amid a flood of F-bombs. Further, the Yankees have put forth the seemingly unlikely story that Posada refused to catch during Spring Training over concerns about past concussion symptoms.
That it gets out that Posada, in a moment of frustration, asked off the team doesn't bother me. But the need to point out that this was done "amid a flood of F-bombs" is little more than a petty attempt to embarrass Posada. To claim a guy who has made it clear he would still like to catch refused to catch, is another such attempt. The Yankees front office seems intent on winning the public perception battle, as they were last winter during the Jeter negotiations. These tidbits are almost certainly coming out only because "team sources" were authorized to reveal them. If Posada is the guy who tried to curse his way off the team and refused to catch, then it's that much easier to drop him in the line-up, release him later, or exile him to the bench.
If you're wondering why neither Jeter or Posada seem to have much good will toward the front office, it's because of things like this. Petty attempts to embarrass players who, while they may certainly no longer be particularly effective, have built the brand that is the Yankees today. The Yankees were not perennial contenders before 1996. Guys like Jeter and Posada (and others) made them so. They deserve better.