Former Yankee Jorge Posada in Laredo
A big night in the sports world for Laredo.
Two big-named Major League Baseball players arrived in Laredo today to be inducted into the Latin American International Sports Hall of Fame.
Retired New York Yankees catcher, Jorge Posada came to the Gateway City to to accept the honors.
This is the first time Posada has been to Laredo and was nice enough to give Pro 8 Sports an exclusive interview when he arrived.
"I knew around August and I told them to wait a little bit because if I was going to play it was going to be tough for me to come, so when I decided to retire, it was a perfect opportunity for me to come."
So tell us what finally affected your decision?
"It is tough to be on a plane and train and do all that stuff. So when I knew I wasn’t going to play, I decided to come."
Seventeen years, it's finally done with, how are you feeling? How emotional is it?
"It's tough. Announcing the retirement, like I said it was tough, but looking forward to spending more time with my family. I'm happy, I'm content. I'm looking forward to a summer I haven't had with my kids."
Five times World Series Champs, did the first time feel any different than the last?
"They are all different when you go back and look at them. The first time is super amazing, I couldn't believe it. And 2009 it was very, very exciting because we were in a new stadium and a lot of different emotions. Different teammates from 1996 to 2009, different teammates, people who haven't been there. Those are the people you’re happy for because obviously they haven't been a part of that."
Your being inducted into the International Hall of Fame, could this be a foreshadow of what’s to come in about five years?
"I wish....I don't know. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and praying, we'll see. I would like to be a part of that."