Retiring a number should be for exceptional reasons. Babe Ruth's number 3 by the Yankees because he saved the game is fine. Jackie Robinson's number 42 throughout baseball because he broke the color barrier and played like the HOFer he was for a decade is even better. Lou Gehrig? Sure.
But now that Jorge Posada has retired, the radio waves are heating up with callers asking, "Why not retire Posada's number?"
Afterall, isn't he just as good as other Yankees that have received this honor?
He was better than Billy Martin, and had superior or equal "Yankee careers" than Reggie Jackson, Elston Howard, and Ron Guidry. Funny thing about Reggie is that the fans wanted to run him out of town in four of the five years he was in New York. Only in 1980 did he truly excel as a Yankee both as a player and leader. And Billy? What company fires a guy five times (six if you count the trade to KC after the Copacabana brawl as a player) and then immortalizes him?
However, Jorge does not belong in the hallowed ground of Monument Park alongside Ruth, DiMaggio, Gehrig and Mantle. Posada was a very good player on what may turn out to be the last dynasty in baseball. He will have his Jorge Posada Day sometime this summer and deservedly so. He will come back for Old Timer's Days with Jeter, Rivera, Williams, O'Neill, and Tino Martinez the same way Rizzuto, DiMaggio, Mantle, Ford and Berra did a couple of decades ago.
And that should be honor enough.