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The Journey Home : My Life in Pinstripes
by Jorge Posada


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The legendary New York Yankees catcher tells the incredible and unexpected story of his career, his past, and the father-son bond that fueled his love of the game

For seventeen seasons, the name Jorge Posada was synonymous with New York Yankees baseball.  Read more...


 
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Overview

The legendary New York Yankees catcher tells the incredible and unexpected story of his career, his past, and the father-son bond that fueled his love of the game

For seventeen seasons, the name Jorge Posada was synonymous with New York Yankees baseball. A fixture behind home plate throughout the Yankees' biggest successes, Jorge worked tirelessly to become the Yankees' star catcher, and in the years that followed, his accomplishments, work ethic, and leadership established him as one of the greatest Yankees ever to wear pinstripes.

Now, in this long-awaited memoir, Jorge details his road to home plate, sharing a remarkable generational account of his journey from the ball fields of Puerto Rico to the House That Ruth Built. Offering a view from behind the mask unlike any other, Jorge discusses the key moments, great plays, and big-league personalities that marked Yankees baseball for a generation. With pitch-by-pitch recall, he looks back across the years, going inside friendships forged on the field and explaining how as part of the Core Four alongside Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, and Mariano Rivera he helped to reestablish the Yankees as a dynasty and win five World Series. Along the way he tells a story of how his team, along with manager Joe Torre, became his home away from home, teaching him that family isn't defined by blood, but by the people who supported him through it all.

Going beyond his all-star career, Jorge also shares his life in full for the first time. Examining how his path to the big leagues began in the most unexpected of ways, Jorge digs into his cultural roots in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba to illuminate three generations of cherished father-son relationships that have made him the man he is today. At the center is the deep bond he shares with his father and namesake, Jorge Sr., who escaped Cuba and helped to mold his son into a ballplayer, honing his talent and instilling in him the drive necessary to fulfill his childhood dream of playing in the Bronx.

More than just a baseball story, The Journey Home is a tale of two families the inspiring yet challenging family Jorge was born into, and the adoptive Yankees family that catapulted him to glory. Complete with sixteen pages of color photographs, this touching and earnest memoir is a testament to hard work, brotherhood, and the generational gift of baseball between fathers and sons. "

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780062379627
  • ISBN-10: 0062379623
  • Publisher: Dey Street Books
  • Publish Date: May 2015
  • Page Count: 352


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Sports - General
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Personal Memoirs
Books > Sports & Recreation > Baseball - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-05-18
  • Reviewer: Staff

Over the 17 seasons Posada caught behind the plate for the Yankees (1995–2012), the team climbed to the pinnacle of success, winning four World Series in five years. In this often inspiring, occasionally dry memoir, Posada calls the innings of his life play-by-play from his childhood in Puerto Rico and his days playing junior-college ball in Alabama, to his early days with the Yankees' farm club, the Columbus Clippers, and his career with the Yankees. From the time Posada was born, his father—a Major League scout himself—wanted nothing more than for his son to be a ballplayer. During the summer that he turned 12, while his friends were out playing ball, young Posada spent his days shoveling the mound of dirt his father has had dumped in the driveway , carting it by wheelbarrow to the backyard; this was his father's way of making him physically and emotionally stronger. His father soon had Posada running sprints up the hills near his home to develop more strength and speed, as well as learning to switch hit so Jorge can add value to any team with his batting skills. Posada affectionately chronicles his relationships with his manager, Joe Torre, and teammates such as Derek Jeter and David Cone, as well as the difficult days following the birth of his son, Jorge Luis, who had craniosynostosis, a birth defect requiring multiple surgeries. Posada emerges as a dedicated and hardworking player, a loyal friend, a committed father and husband, and, always and forever, a Yankee. (May)

 
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