His world can't be perfect. It is, after all, a catcher's world. There are too many pitches that go awry, too many wrong signals. Just the previous night Seattle's Edgar Martinez had beaten Mussina and the Yankees with a tiebreaking, two-run double in the seventh inning. "A changeup," Posada says. "He hadn't seen that pitch the entire game. The whole game! We throw him one, and he's all over it."
Posada shakes his head. He has a look on his face that makes you certain he had been talking about that pitch all night.