Bronx fans make loyalty to Posada known

Bronx fans make loyalty to Posada known

Bronx fans make loyalty to Posada known
NEW YORK -- The fans in the right-field bleachers usually reserve their nightly roll call for players on the field, but they made an exception on Sunday night for Jorge Posada, who started the game on the bench.

After finishing their attendance check with Alex Rodriguez, the so-called "Bleacher Creatures" chanted "Jorge, Jorge" and received a wave from the the designated hitter in the Yankees' dugout.

When Posada pinch-hit for Andruw Jones in the eighth inning, what remained of the crowd of 46,945 gave him a standing ovation. Posada drew a walk against Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard.

"Jorge is loved in our clubhouse," manager Joe Girardi said. "Jorge is loved by the fans. Jorge has meant a lot to this organization. I'm not surprised. This has been a great player for a long time."

"I heard the energy from the crowd," Bard said. "I think that's pretty cool that they're standing behind him, but I still wanted to get him out."

Posada, who asked out of the lineup on Saturday after being dropped to ninth, apologized to his manager before Sunday's game. He spoke with the media prior to the game but did not appear in the clubhouse afterward.