10/14/2004 6:56 PM ET
Posada cool with minicams now
Catcher was just looking out for 'his dirt'
By Tom Singer / MLB.com
|Before Thursday afternoon's off-day workout here, Jorge Posada explained his objection to the high-tech low-angle camera. (Chad Rachman/AP)
BOSTON -- Like any athlete, Jorge Posada doesn't mind being on television. He even enjoys it.
But apparently, he doesn't like mini-cameras implanted in his home turf.
In a one-man revival of the Broadway show "Stomp" during Tuesday's Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, Posada brought his foot down on the tiny ground-level cameras, deployed by FOX all postseason, which bring viewers Gulliver-like shots of hitters.
Posada stepped on it after his repeated attempts to bury the camera were countered by network crewmen running on the field to dig out their toy.
Before Thursday afternoon's off-day workout here, Posada, obviously obsessive about his workplace, explained his objection to the high-tech low-angle camera.
"I'm very proud of my area around the plate. I don't want anyone messing with my dirt," Posada said. "I don't want a pitch in the dirt, or a ball in play, to change directions because it hits something in front of the plate.
"What if it deflects a pitch, or a throw from the outfield gets by? It can change a play. I'd be concerned about that."
Early in the Yankees' 10-7 win, Posada settled for trying to cover the lens with dirt.
But each time, crewmen came to clear the obstruction.
"They tried to fix it," Posada said, "but made a bigger mess."
In the top of the second inning, Posada gave the camera a heel of a treatment -- and was caught on tape doing so.
Use of the camera has been sanctioned by an agreement among MLB, the Yankees, the Major League Baseball Players Association and FOX.
Chuck Torres, MLB's manager of broadcasting operations, immediately went to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and essentially asked, "Can Jorge please stop that?"
Cashman relayed word on the bench to Joe Torre, who told Posada to knock it off.
"Jorge is a passionate guy," Torre said Thursday. "He just likes to be able to play baseball without people interfering, I guess. He just felt that that was a problem.
"Baseball doesn't care for it and we talked to him about it and as far as I know, it's not an issue."
Of FOX's angry reaction, Posada said, "They've got a right to be mad. But I have to look out for my dirt."
It was not an issue in Game 2, Posada confirmed. Whatever adjustments FOX technicians made in planting the camera met with his approval.
"[Wednesday night] it was all right," the catcher said. "If that's the way they'll handle it from now on, it will be no problem."
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.