It may have been his last game with the Yankees.
Posada, 40, is a pending free agent. He received standing ovations during every plate appearance and, after the Yankees were eliminated, he became emotional when asked about his plans for the future.
“It’s tough," he said. "I really have no words. I’m sorry."
He then teared up and walked away.
"He’s had a tremendous career, and I’m sure he’s going to continue to play, and I don’t know what’s going to happen," Manager Joe Girardi said. "The heart that he showed during this series, that's why Jorgie has been a great player."
Posada, a 24th-round pick by the Yankees in 1990, has won five World Series titles with the team. During his 17 major league seasons, he was a five-time All-Star and hit .273 with 275 homers and 1,065 RBIs.
Posada was one of the three remaining members of the Yankees famed "Core Four" on the roster. (Andy Pettitte retired after last season.) The other two, Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, each reached career milestones this season.
With the influx of young catchers, the Yankees moved Posada from catcher to a DH role this spring training.
As DH during the ALDS, Posada started all five games and went 6 for 14 for a .429 average.
-- Melissa Rohlin
Photo: Jorge Posada. Credit: Mike Segar / Reuters