Fitting Tribute to a Yankees Legend

April 18, 2012 – Opening Day at Yankee Stadium is always a memorable afternoon because of the pomp and circumstance that goes beyond the in-game action.

The Yankees 2012 home opener followed suit in a long-standing tradition.

The moment that I will remember long after I’ve forgotten the outcome of the game took place when Jorge Posada threw the ceremonial first pitch.

What made the moment even more special was that the entire Yankees starting lineup stood behind Posada while Posada’s young son also watched from a few feet away.

Posada, who played in more than 1,800 games with the Yankees during his 17-year career, threw the pitch to his father.

Following the pitch, Posada, who played in five All-Star Games and was an essential part of five World Series championships, hugged each of the players along with his family members.

The opportunity for Posada to share the moment with his immediate family and his former teammates was well-deserved and appropriate for a guy who left it all on the field while playing for the same team his entire career.

Enjoy the photos below. These images and several others from Opening Day will grace the pages of the May Issue of Yankees Magazine.

–Alfred Santasiere III

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