Grumpy old men

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Grumpy old men

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com

SCENE: Inside the New York Yankees steam room. JORGE POSADA sits along one wall, MARIANO RIVERA sits across from him along the other. DEREK JETER sits at the back wall, between his teammates. The silence mixes in heavily with the humidity.

RIVERA: The Yankees I think they want me to change my number.

JETER: Opens one eye What are you talking about, Mo?

RIVERA: I keep hearing they don't like 42. That there's no real future in 42. That 42 is maybe past its prime and its time for the Yankees to move on. See? They want me to change my number.

POSADA and JETER look at each other. They look away.

POSADA: Here we go.

JETER: Gently Mo, I think they're talking about you. Your age. You're turning 42 this year, aren't you?

RIVERA: So what? A 1-0 record and 1.80 ERA is not so bad. I am Mr. Clutch. A living legend! I am the Sandman; I put batters to bed. Get it? That's why they picked that one Metallica song for me...

POSADA: Yeah, Metallica. We get it. I'm guessing Cashman isn't thrilled about the three blown saves.

RIVERA: At least I'm not throwing temper tantrums like you. 'Oh, wah-wah, I got dropped in the order. Time to stomp off to my room and pout.' Maybe you miss your afternoon nap that day, ah, Jorge?

POSADA: Speak for yourself, grandpa.

JETER: Raises arms Guys! Guys! Same team! Same team! You need to be more supportive. You're both going through the same thing. It's tough for any athlete to get older and feel like his time in pro sports is running out. I mean, I can only imagine how hard it is for you. Leans back and shuts his eyes

POSADA and RIVERA stare at JETER.

POSADA: What kind of denial are you snorting right now?

RIVERA: Ya, man. You kidding?

JETER: What? I'm not getting old! What did you do the day I had four hits and two home runs against Texas, Jorge?

POSADA: Oh, I'm sorry. That was what, two weeks ago? Must've forgotten. Shields dressing you down with three strikeouts is a little fresher in my memory, el Capitan.

JETER: Yelling Who's been there for you? I have! Who stuck up for you when you freaked out about being dropped to 9th? I did!

RIVERA: Aside Big baby.

POSADA: Shoots RIVERA a look. Turns back to JETER You stuck up for me because you were scared, didn't you? You're scared that they're going to take you behind the barn, too.

All three men fall silent. JETER starts to cry.

JETER: Minka tells me after I strike out that a man is only as old as he feels.

POSADA: How long you think she's gonna want to feel your old man

JETER: Cuts POSADA off BITE YOUR TONGUE, RATFACE.

RIVERA: I feel like my joints hurt. And I have no control over my bowels.

The room is again silent.

POSADA: Gross.

JETER: Tilts his head back and stares at the ceiling So what do we do?

The three teammates are momentarily lost in thought.

RIVERA: Let's do something fun. I'll call Bernie.

POSADA: Williams?

RIVERA: Ya! I don' think he's busy today. We can all go out to dinner.

JETER: Checks his watch It's 5 o'clock.

RIVERA: Smiles, claps JETER on the back Yes, my friend! But I gotta get to bed soon.

JETER wipes his tears with the back of his hand and laughs.

POSADA: Rolls eyes Oh, come on now.

JETER and RIVERA laugh harder. They stand and walk toward the door.

POSADA: Looks confused Derek, did you seriously think that was funny? Derek?

The door shuts. POSADA sits alone. After a few minutes he stands and walks to the door, hand on his aching shoulder.

POSADA: To no one It wasn't funny.

OFFSEASON

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Friday’s Red Sox-Angels lineups: Ramirez out, Holt back

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Ramirez is day-to-day after he hurt his right side on a swing and miss on Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays and left that game in the eighth inning.

Travis Wright moves to first place in place of Ramirez and Marco Hernandez will play third. Brock Holt returns from the disabled list and will play left field.

Steven Wright (8-5, 2.18 ERA) looks to bounce back from a loss in Texas in his last start. Jhoulys Chacin (3-6, 5.64) starts for the Angels. 

The lineups: 

ANGELS
Kole Calhoun RF
Mike Trout CF
Albert Pujols DH
Jefry Marte 3B
Daniel Nava LF
C.J. Cron 1B
Johnny Giovotella 2B
Carlos Perez C
Andrelton Simmons SS

Jhoulys Chacin RHP 

RED SOX
Mookie Betts CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Brock Holt LF
Travis Shaw 1B
Christian Vazquez C
Marco Hernandez 3B

Steven Wright RHP 
 

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Watch the video above for more.